I've profited from the wealth of knowledge here while reading everything from local cruising grounds to boat buying
decisions. I am very thankful for the efforts on behalf of the many folks who have taken a bit of their time to share their experience and we hope to contribute in our own right soon.
We're prospecting for a "mild" pilothouse design along the lines of the Wauquiez PS range, but fiscal realities have brought us to the Freedom 39 PH's, quirky unstayed rig and all. We've (somewhat) passed the dreaming phase, taken some US Sailing courses, done some guest sailing aboard others' boats, and saved a decent enough chunk to get started. I'm mostly through the build of a CLC Jimmy Skiff with the sailing rig just to keep tiller instincts alive and develop our ability to read the wind
if only in a freshwater setting for now, while we find something that fits our criteria and budget
We are based in the NY area and I've enjoyed reading of folks' experience and suggestions for cruising the LI sound, which is about the only place I can find with a reasonably affordable mooring
for anything we might end up buying
. The basic idea would be to buy something affordable, moor locally, cruise
the sound for a year or two, then list the house and hope someone bites. Along the way, I suppose we'd discover whether or not we actually like the design, and if the unstayed cat schooner's upwind performance is that big of a deal breaker.
We love a good upwind beat for the excitement, but I suspect over long distances we'd favor a comfortable downwind run, so I guess we'll just have to find out for ourselves. On the bright side the Mate has a good spirit for the idea and is more eager than me to get started, no seasickness logged in several cases of near-shore passage
making. As for the name, ex Air Force, though far from a captain
, just an enlisted man.
Look forward to joining you all out there,
P.S. We've got a family
connection to Great Kills Yacht Club (If you knew a crazy white haired giant named Spike) but can't find anyone servicing moorings in the field. Pity! but sounds like LI sound might be a better home base anyway. Give a shout if you're from the neighborhood.