Pleffe- Thanks for helping to get me started. No better way to bend one's nautical tongue than in Danish.
Bailsout- I appreciate anyone who's perfectly content with a small boat
. Honestly I love the simplicity that you get with small; I've just also been convinced that larger (at least more ballast) generally equates to more seaworthy
. So for what I'm after, I kind of want a bigger boat
. Not that it can't be done in a smaller boat; I just think I'll be more comfortable overall. Though who doesn't love Herreshoff lines? I presume she has a headrig? I've always wondered whether what they say about smaller ketches is true, that they're not very efficient and therefor irrelevant. It's nice to hear from someone who wouldn't trade
a "small" ketch
for anything. With a Herreshoff it's understandable you'd cherish her.
Mike- What was your previous boat? I'm glad to know you find her balanced with a staysail and a reefed main. Honestly that's something I was hoping to learn from all this, is whether you're satisfied with how balanced you can get your helm
in fresh conditions. Because of course that's a decided benefit of a ketch, generally, is the ability to find a good balance point. I feel like not all cutters nail it, and this one is a bit lesser known, so I'm glad to have the feedback of someone who actually knows their boat. I can imagine that Newfoundland
would be a challenge to liveaboard
I'd go south if I were you
And thanks for your input about what your think is the ideal keel
. I suppose there's a lot to be said for adaptation. And I certainly won't say a fin keel
doesn't make a good deal of sense, because it clearly does. Maybe it's a nostalgic element in me that'll be broken once I do enough tedious harbor entrances, or enough windward isles regattas to want something with better performance, but I think I probably need to learn that one the hard way, considering the lines that I'm looking for in a boat (Ie "traditional") and a fin-keel don't generally go in the same sentence. I admit I've experienced the performance advantage, though I also generally equate that performance advantage to come at a modest cost to overall seaworthiness, at least when we're talking fin with no bulb. And although with casual and measured use there's probably no reason to be set on the most seaworthy
of seaworthy boats under 40', but to my mind if that's achievable, to have an ultra-seaworthy boat that won't perform as well in a regatta
, at least at this point that's the tradeoff I want to err on the side of. I mean after-all, materials costs have gone up a lot over the years, and I think the age of over-building yachts that was common in the yachting boom of the 70's and early 80's is clearly behind us. And a lot of those early fin-keel boats were sketchy (Note '79 Fastnet,) so I've always been a bit biased. I'm in the market for a vintage yacht, so I figure I may as well go with a design that predates the market's predominant need for performance everything. That said, who knows in time I'll quite possibly come to agree with you, and I'll be writing on here about how at a certain point you just have to get pragmatic. I'm not quite at that point yet...