[QUOTE=LittleWing77;3319992]Ralph, by giving Island Packet
as your reference point boat
, what it conveys is that you need to sail a LOT more. IPs are poor-sailing, cumbersome, poor-manouvering boats with big roomy interiors that attract a person for whom the living space takes precedence. That may or may not describe you.
If you're going sailing - truly sailing - you'll want a boat
better than those things. The only way you'll find that out is by sailing on a lot of boats and finding out what elements you like/don't like.
That's the short answer to your question. You've made a good solid start. Keep sailing.
P.S. Ask yourself: In a red-hot market where all the "good" boats have been snapped up, why are there so many IPs still for sale
Thank you very much LittleWing for your feedback. I've seen you provide a lot of help to newbies like me over the past 15 months - much appreciated.
Completely understand your points about the sailing "qualities" of the IPs. Someone described them as "tanks on water" and I admit that the safety
aspect was a key appeal to me in case of grounding in unchartered waters. The other is that they seem to do well down-wind... My plan is to follow the trade
winds westwards and I don't plan to spend too much in tight marinas
, instead anchoring
or on mooring
balls. - Wouldn't that make IPs rather well-suited for those plans? But I understand when you say that my "choice" of IPs makes it sounds like I have doubts about my sailing skills and thus just looking for safety
of a tank - that was my mistake here...
BUT: the whole "sail more before buying
a boat" I struggle with... How to "sail more" without buying
boat (besides the Hunter
28 of my club)? Seems to me a chicken-and-egg thing which I had sought to help resolver here...
Thanks again - your last point in the post scriptum seems valid