Originally Posted by markwesti
Hi daugs , old cars ? .............David please tell us about the boats that interest you and your plans to become a boating
have a 1959 Austin Healey 3000 and 2 ex military landrovers (airportables) 1974 on the road and 1975 in bits for a rebuild
so not scared of older things and reasonably practical but I need to learn a lot more about boats. The plan is for me to do a bit more sailing some with friends and family on holiday, charters on med, maybe with a skipper
to start with expectation of a lot of teaching. Luckily the mrs did not watch "all is lost" which was on TV earlier in week (in UK). I have a dream to circumnavigate but that won't be for 10 years until the little one has fledged.
I've been reading some of the crewing
threads, and discussions of crew experience etc, I was wondering about it going both ways, especially across the oceans, as to what checks crew do on skipper
and boat seaworthyness, as really putting lives in their hands if boat has issues. (I've taken my healey on the track and amazed at how others will take a 60 year old car which they don't maintain (??) and drive at high speed, and I am sure there are similar in the sailing world).
As to boats, my ideal would be a reasonably performing monohull
, so can have a bit of fun, and feel we are getting there, and reasonable space so 40ft ish maybe bit more. I've had several separate days on rather a slow ketch
, and while comfortable it took forever, and for me the engine
is only to get in and out of berth. Will need 3 cabins at least allowing 1 for skipper/crew/coach. Less worried about brand etc, a nice boat is a nice boat, if taking the family out then needs to be properly equiped and we all need to know how to sail. A scan of the ads suggests we will have lots of choice in due course, but that's a long way off. Plans may change and one step at a time doing rather than too much planning too far ahead.