I suppose if you are on some schedule range may be an issue.
I'm all over eastern Lk Ontario
have a 3.5 gallon tank for the outboard
, might have used a gallon and a half this season. Most of that was used warming the engine
up before leaving or entering my slip.
I sail 95% of the time solo so a tiller pilot and self tailing cockpit
winches were a must.
To be honest I use my GPS
mostly for depth
as I have a transducer
networked to it. Most of the time you can see where you're going on the lake.
When I need a powered winch
to raise a sail on a 30' boat I'll give up, spend my days sitting on the front porch yelling at the kids
to stay off my lawn!
You really don't need much on a sailboat to be safe , I remember well the days before satnav and loran
etc. People cruised the world on smaller boats than are "required" today.
To listen to a lot of people you're as good as dead if you leave on a boat under 45' and built before 2014 unless you are ready to replace everything but the hull
, can cross 3 oceans on internal fuel
, have a watermaker
and 5000 gallons in reserve. Solar
AND a generator
to keep the icemaker going while running the full surround sound entertainment system with a 54" TV.
Get a boat with the basics; learn all about the systems and decide what YOU need on the next one.
Don't need to get out sailing on every boat, a bit of time on deck and down below can really let you know how you think the layout will work
. Not much difference in sail handling from one boat to another and you can change this to suit yourself.
One boat mentioned here that I have a lot of experience with is the Alberg 30
, beautiful boats from the outside, sail nice if you don't mind how much they heel. Problem in my books
is the interior
, long narrow dark cave. Typical of the "folk boats".
The guy I bought my boat from bought a Cat 30, nice boat good layout, plenty of room down below for a 30.
Not sure if it is still for sale
but there is a Ticon 30 a couple slips down that had a for sale
sign all season, hasn't left the dock
. Will be going out in a couple days I'll check if it's still for sale
and get a number for it. Sucks but work
got in the way of sailing this week......