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Old 03-08-2019, 13:48   #1
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expierienced newbe

hello, please forgive me if this is not the place to post this,,

I'm looking for a mentor, i'm starting a new chapter in my life of 50 yrs,
and am finding myself falling head over heels for the live aboard lifestyle .

i haven't found the perfect boat yet as i dont have all the answers to the many questions i have, and some i dont know yet.
i have been an avid boater all my life , on the great lakes only.
at first i would like to start in lk mi and thru chicago doing the south leg of the ICW and then maybe the Bahamas, and who knows.

as such i have dont much research as possible, and feel talking with actual people and get a feel for what works and not.

so first question, whats better as far as comfort and security, power or sail?
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Old 03-08-2019, 17:16   #2
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Hi KEV and welcome to the forum.

Regarding your first question no clear answer in the way you ask.

Depends first on which power boat or which sail boat but most important, comfort and security in what situation?

One example for safety or security. Off shore in really big waves an average 32' cabin cruiser like a Chris Craft or SeaRay vs an average 32' sailboat like a Morgan or Beneteau hands down the sailboat.

Running a river with strong currents and lots of traffic the extra speed and maneuverability of a twin engine powerboat might be more secure.

Comfort? For the same length powerboats typically have more room than sail so more room that may mean more comfort at the dock but at sea that may be different.

So you need to define more exactly your parameters to get a better idea of which is better.
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Old 04-08-2019, 04:11   #3
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, K.E.V.
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Re: expierienced newbe

Originally Posted by K.E.V. View Post
............ whats better as far as comfort and security, power or sail?
Sailing is a sport and passion beyond boating. Without criteria beyond comfort and security, you might be best suited for power; however, most that are sailors are more comfortable and secure on a sailboat.
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Old 04-08-2019, 05:37   #5
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Re: expierienced newbe

I faced this question after a life of referring to power boats as "stink pots." I went looking for trawler for retirement, given my age and my wife's inexperience. What I found was hull shapes maximized for interior space at the cost of seaworthiness, dozens of through hulls, even under engines where you'd never get to one if it popped, and big windows that would tempt a wave to go in one side and out the other if you broached.

I decided to build my own trawler, a course of action that I do not reccommend, and it does meet my standards for offshore. If you are buying a boat on a budget and your security is seaworthiness, monohull sail is the way to go. If you want space but want almost monohull seawothiness, and want to sail, look at catamarans. If you want space to live in, then compromise seaworthiness and look at trawlers. You (and I) could do a lot of cruising without risking a trawler in bad weather.
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Old 04-08-2019, 17:33   #6
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Re: expierienced newbe

As others say, a sailboat is safer in the ocean unless you have a big power boat. But if your immediate plan is the river, bays and the ICW, maybe your next boat should be a stepping stone to a larger boat later for the ocean voyages. Power is going to be faster, usually much faster than sailing. Sailing fast means more wind and bigger waves. But the boats I see needing the Coast Guard are usually sailboats here - Oregon coast. Biting off more weather than they can handle.
I've had power and sail thruout my life. Power is much more comfortable as a liveaboard. A monohull (to me) is like living in a cave.

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Managed a big motoryacht and lived on it for 5 years. Motoryachts, bar none for that pick up and go. The only caveat being entry price and the ongoing cost of diesel. If you're handy and know you're way around bigger diesel engines, you have a huge advantage and may be able to pick something big and powerful yet comfy.

Other side is sailing, sailing can save you a tidy sum in fuel fees and you will have that ridiculous range at your disposal.

Sailing has two categories:

Monohull, the call of the true sailor in most extents, if you're serious about sailing, monohull.

Multihull, the slightly more relaxed experience as much of the forces are dampened. There's more space and you might end up at higher speeds.

Multihulls have two categories themselves:

Performance, which has less space but will point higher.

Condomaran, more space, will point decently in the hands of a capable sailor.

Out of all my managing experience, plus repairing, refit and build experiences, I'm aiming for a condomaran, I'm in no hurry, a year is enough time to visit the Caribbean, get across Panama, then across to French Polynesia. My family will need the comfort of home on their first sea voyage.
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