Originally Posted by a64pilot
You sound pretty much were we were about five years ago. Iím 60 and we have been on the boat
for two years full time.
What you describe may be better in a trawler
, but in open water
they will roll your guts out, a ďrealĒ trawler
is better though than what is often sold
as trawlers now.
If it has twin big engines and will plane, to me itís not a trawler, to me a trawler is single engine
and a keel
so you can run aground and not hurt the prop, it has a big rudder
sort of like a sailboat for good slow speed handling and is a pure displacement hull
But trawler is about as descriptive a name as blue water
, if we go Trawler I like the looks of a Kady Krogen 42 myself.
However a good sailboat can do pretty much anything a Trawler can and is much more stable in open water
Thanks for information. As of now, I am not enthusiastic about trawler. I think sailing, even if it is mild, will be an incredible learning
experience and a challenge and I think it will be for my wife as well. I think being challenged is key in retirement
. This is one of the reasons I am pushing for a sailboat over an RV.
Anyway nothing wrong with the boats your looking at, but if you donít mind a few years older you can for the same or less money get a boat that may be better suited for full time liveabord and traveling the ICW and scooting over to the Bahamas etc.
I am open to looking at any age boat. What I have noticed about boats is that they don't change that much over the years, and their designs tend to be fairly conservative, interior
and exterior. 10-20 year old RVs show their age, boats not so much.
Monohulls seem to be stable in their designs, especially production boats, but there have been some changes, like speed became less emphasized, and living space became more emphasized. I am not sure when that happened but boats became wider, and their cockpit
space became higher and higher above the water line. I think a slow fat cruiser would be better for us, rather than a slender fast sailboat. Comfort over speed.
Cat design seem to mature later than monohulls...like they were still trying to optimize their design through the 90s, and finally in the early 2000s, they settled on good designs.
I have a preference for fiberglass
hulls, and non-wood decks just for maintenance
When you start out, do a lot of time in the ICW etc. and let the wife acclimate, then slowly start easing out into rougher water, but do so slowly.
Nothing kills the dream like a good severe case of seasickness, avoid that like the plague.
I 100% agree. I just learned about the ICW about 2 months ago and if we go through with the plan, I plan to stick to the ICW as much as possible. My fear is taking her on a sailboat out on Boston harbor in rough conditions, and doing 10+ knots with the boat heeled way over..with water lapping the deck
and then she gets seasick on top of that...I have been there and done that, except the sea sickness