I think I agree with you.
Different tastes exist, yes.
I'm a while away from an actual vessel, yet in todays market if my funds were ready id be looking at the Duncansun 43 ketch or the Swanson 42 sloop
Way I see it is with a bit of practice, sloop
would balance helm
and in event of steerage loss can steer. I know my friends mate steered his racing hull
cruiser into port. Tacking etc without tiller. She's a sloop. I'm not that fluent. Ketch would be quicker to learn IMO. Easier to handle having smaller sails
I'm guessing particular boats above will sell before I'm cashed up. Plenty come and go often.
I managed to secure a protected yet really easy wide channel berth with dominant wind favourable to berthing vessel with. Pretty lucky that in future, a phone
call would enable a shore mate to line berth but generally easy going and would rather take kayak
out if no mates wanna go hooning.
Once outside the heads, should be okay solo (preference is sharing load with mates though).
Swanson has a beautiful below water
line. Looks like a vessel that'd balance cleated sheets
and hold course in lumpy conditions, spilling wind to relieve excessive torque and continuously finding nose upon tuned heading.
I've heard Duncansun 42s had inherent rudder problems and are prone to breakage. IDK if news old, guessing most would have been modified by now. Seeing skeg as advantage of hidden floating debris such as containers, dead whales, etc plus a protected leading edge of the tapered rudder. Surely much stress would be relieved from knots in water
. Looks a lot faster in flat waters. Thing I like is ketch plus transom folds down into a swimming platform. I'd rather the Swanson though. Almost half the price
too. Just looks like a sea boat in my eyes; quick when wind's heavy.
I'm dreaming a while longer.. getting there.
Just bought AGMs for land house batteries
. Was disgusted with lithium
ion recycling seeing our government
handed most of the to be recycled batteries
off to poorer countries which land filled and now leach into our oceans. Lithium
a much better battery
and cost about same when understanding only 50% usage of AGM
to ensure longevity hence buy twice as much which is probably 4x weight yet basically all recycled.
Looking forward to taking dad out. We used to cruise
for months each year. He always wanted a bilge
keel Duncansun 40 ketch. LoL, ground her on ebb tide, eat well upright, flood and go. LoL
I've only heard about your Great lakes
. I'm guessing steep waves although short fetched. I know big ships have sunk there. I like that tragic yet beautiful song, ' the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.'
We are very obedient with weather