I would try to keep the EndeavourCat. With twin engines, it is very maneuverable, and it is extremely comfortable. I think I would invest in an electric winch
to make it easier to raise the main (we have one of those big milwaukee drill things, but right now my husband and I can raise it manually, as a team).
I have done some singlehanded daysailing in the Corsair
F-24 I used to own, and when I bought the Pearson
27 in 2008, I sailed it solo from mid-Cape Cod home to Narragansett Bay. I stopped at Cuttyhunk overnight, picking up a mooring
. This was in October, so the inner mooring
field there was almost empty. It was a good trip, but I motored the whole way -- I knew from the survey
was falling apart. My husband met me at the dock
in RI and helped me tie off. That is my biggest stressor -- docking
. I am much more comfortable picking up a mooring. Pulling up an anchor
solo is a little trickier, but I still prefer it to docking
. The Endeavour
has an electric windlass
, and I would invest in a remote
control if I were solo. I may do that anyway, at some point!
Even if I just put it at a warm dock
and lived on it, clambering about a boat, I find, is good for my arthritic knees. I keep balance muscles strong and that helps keep me young.
This summer, I have the Pearson
up for sale
, but I have a mooring for it and I plan to practice solo sailing on Narragansett Bay until it sells, for fun and confidence-building. I have many years of experience with boats and sailing, but once I moved up from a Sunfish, I have tended to find crew for my expeditions.
I have had training and experience in maintaining boats, so I am able to keep up with the normal stuff myself.
I am not sure what Tim would do. He really loves to fish
more than sail, and the EndeavourCat is a compromise boat for us -- wide stern for fishing
, but overall, trolling speed is also max sustainable cruising speed and he would love to go faster at times. It has the headroom
he needs, but I could see him selling it and buying
the trawlercat version. Or just parking it somewhere warm to live on and buying
a smaller fishing