Originally Posted by JPA Cate
Welcome aboard CF, Ranur. I hope you enjoy your stay. Congratulations on such a lovely looking boat.
Thank you Ann. It has been an intense "love affair" this summer. Actually, a few years ago, I was given a choice to inherit my parents Dufour
425 Grand Large, as my father was dying of cancer. At the time I thought the boat was waaay to big and expensive, albeit it had all the bells and whistles I had envisioned for my dream boat. So I decided to be shore based and rent for a few years.
Last summer, the urge to sail locally resurfaced, and I decided to have my own vessel. The plan was that I should buy something I could own - not something that would own ME, and be an obligation so that I felt I HAD to use it all the time. It should also be something I could let my children
use without me having a nervous breakdown. So I bought this boat for about 15K €.
At first, I was making excuses telling myself that "it was a inexpensive compromise" and "not as nice as my "dream" boat", but after sailing it for a season I am 100% in love with my precious boat! Sure it has some potentials for improvement, but overall - it is fantastic! And did I mention what a killer she is in light air. Despite being only 30 foot, this summer - on a long beat in 8-10 knots wind
- I hauled ass and CRUSHED a friend sailing a J-105. I think
that was the highlight of the season...
Then the wind
picked up, he pulled his kite and disappeared, but it didn't matter. I was the upwind champ ;-)
Anyway - thanks for your compliment!