Originally Posted by Singularity
I'd echo the earlier posts about really the need to make sure the first boat
is quick/easy to set up and take down. If you've not been on a Laser or Sunfish I encourage you to take one out before buying
a beach cat or otherwise spending more money
. It only takes like 5 minutes to setup or takedown a Sunfish after you've done it a few times and this is huge when it comes to asking yourself some mid afternoon "how 'bout I go for a sail." Beach cats are adrenaline fun while Sunfish are not boring unless you're doing something wrong. Main problem with a Sunfish is that it will forever spoil you with it's simplicity to fun ratio, and perhaps they're not impressive/sexy to onlookers.
All in I'd suggest you'd get more sailing in on a pocket monohull
and save more cash in the process (nothing to upgrade on the tiny boats)...building a greater desire for making the next boat
a cuddy cabin
or even smaller cruiser with more money
for the acquisition.
Thank you very much for the sunfish endorsement. I looked at them seriously, and would honestly prefer to learn on a small monohull
, but have a couple of minor concerns. Would you maybe be willing to speak to a couple of points?
First, is it feasible to get it on and off the trailer
by myself (I’m above average strength for my 180 lbs frame)? I know it’s not very heavy, I’m just not sure how awkward it would be, and I doubt they’ll want me experimenting with this on a rental
. Second, is it ocean worthy (relatively near shore), and alongside that, can it be safely beach launched? Finally, any chance of my wife joining me on it? I’d read two medium sized adults really push the weight limit, but I’ve had a hard time finding numbers on that. But heck, maybe we’d be best off each having our own sunfish at first rather than two-handing a slightly larger boat anyway.
And sorry for all the questions. My interest and enthusiasm have outpaced my access to the sport, as I live inland, but am moving to the coast soon.