After sailing for 55 years, I don't have the energy to handle a large boat
by myself anymore. I went to a cat 5 years ago and loved it, it was the best purchase
I made sailing wise. But there are very few people who are ever on the boat
that can 'sail', so even if I have company, I am single
And I am exhausted at the end of the day.
I want to be on the water
. I don't think I want to be on a powerboat. I love to feel the wind
moving a boat. So I am looking for my next model.
I need to be able to get the sails
furled/unfurled easily. On previous boats I had in mast furling
which I enjoyed. In fact on the cat, which had a stack pack, raising the mail was a PITA. Get the battens up in between a bit at a time, turn this way into the wind
, that way. Loved in mast
, just pull it out, and pull it in.
However, on a smaller 25' boat, just raise and lower the main. Shouldn't be an issue.
I need it to have a small cabin
with a head
. I am an old guy, if I want to sail for 6 hours, a head
is required. So would a place to keep a cooler. Having all the lines in 1 place is important. Small jib
, important. Self tacking even better. A Rhoades 19 is probably a bit too small. Want a cabin
that I can keep stuff on and locked up in.
So asking for collective experience to recommend a boat. I am thinking maybe J boat, but not sure if too performance oriented to single
hand. Somebody said hanse 31, it has self tacking jib
, all lines led back, full cabin with real accomodations. That is probably the upper end size I would easily be able to single hand. (I have had 33 and 37 and 40' monos that I easily singlehanded in the past, but the shorter the boat, the easier it is to get up to get the mooring
So pls chime in with your boat and reasons. Thanks!