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Old 20-06-2020, 15:45   #1
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I was thinking to buy me a sailboat to sail around the Caribbean and South America but my friend says I'm growing older not younger and I should consider the strengths dealing with sails and lines...He says a powerboat could be good option but I don't know what to do now if I go for the powerboat I know people in D.R. and P.R. who can modified the engine to use gas and LPG.


Any good idea? I need your help guys.


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Old 20-06-2020, 15:49   #2
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Go with a nice sailboat and just buy one with electric winches or install electric winches. Then you'll never break a sweat

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Go with a nice sailboat and just buy one with electric winches or install electric winches. Then you'll never break a sweat

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Note that a well designed cockpit only really needs one electric winch , as you can always lead a line from another winch to it.
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Note that a well designed cockpit only really needs one electric winch , as you can always lead a line from another winch to it.

Thank You Tillsbury! I need to learn more about winches and how to change them myself...
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Old 20-06-2020, 18:01   #6
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I do not know how old you are but I know people who have sailed swiftly into their 80'ies.


Some have sailboats others have powerboats. I think one should chose a boat that makes one happy and that's that.


I also worked for a guy who due to otherwise factors was somewhat limited in his mobility. He had a very fine power cat. If I feared my fitness to be limited seriously and soon, I would also opt for a small power cat.


His boat was converted from a commercial fishing cat, not a cruising boat.



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Old 20-06-2020, 18:13   #7
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How much can you bench and what do you run a mile in?
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How big a boat are you looking at.???
Aged 69 I sailed a 64ftr from the Caribe to E Spain with just one crew.. she was the same age as me and weighs 45kilo soaking wet.
If your reasonably fit, not grossly overweight and have decent mobility I don't see a problem.
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How much can you bench and what do you run a mile in?
I don't know how much I can bench...I've never found a need to bench press anything on a sailboat.

I usually run a mile (sometimes more) in short pants and a sweatshirt.
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I don't know how much I can bench...I've never found a need to bench press anything on a sailboat.

I usually run a mile (sometimes more) in short pants and a sweatshirt.
Just saying if you have the upper body and cardio to handle the boat without electronic in case of failure, go get you a sailboat
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How big a boat are you looking at.???
Aged 69 I sailed a 64ftr from the Caribe to E Spain with just one crew.. she was the same age as me and weighs 45kilo soaking wet.
If your reasonably fit, not grossly overweight and have decent mobility I don't see a problem.



I am looking for 30' max...eating well most of my life so I am OK. 135lbs 5'7''
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Any good idea? I need your help guys.
Good idea: Learn to sail before trying to thoughtfully buy a boat to take offshore.

Help: Use the search function to find and then read the literally hundreds of previous posts addressing these kinda universal questions presented by newcomers.

Finally,fill out your profile page with some details about yourself and your background. It will help all of us help you.

And don't worry about age, I'm 82 and still sailing offshore at times and cruising full time. I'd like to still be younger and stronger, but "wisdom" helps get around deteriorating physical attributes. In general, yachts of the size you are contemplating don't require lots of strength, nor do they require electric winches.

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I was going to say not longer than 34 feet, so 30 is good. Get in-mast furling and you'll never need an electric winch. Just something else that can go wrong.
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I'm in a similar situation so ease of sailing is a big deal. I bought a 33' Nonsuch. It is a cat rig (1 big sail stepped in the bow). All lines lead to the cockpit, including the reefing lines. My avatar is a Nonsuch 354. Nonsuch boats were built like battleships and have held their value well over the years. You can find them on Yacht World and other sales websites, but you should check the website for the International Nonsuch Association first which is the go-to place for all things Nonsuch, including boats for sale.



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