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Forum: Monohull Sailboats 11-09-2020, 06:15
Replies: 8
Views: 489
Posted By ChrisJD
Re: Does a Tartan 4100 have too much sail area to sail solo?

I echo DDabs on the furling main. The Tartans I've seen all have conventional mains (though some of the newer ones have a Park Avenue-type boom), and that's a lot to handle solo. My wife and I...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 18-08-2020, 05:55
Replies: 15
Views: 742
Posted By ChrisJD
Re: Aquarium for Scientific Use

You might try reaching out to Bob Steneck, who did a survey of Caribbean corals on his sailboat a few years ago. I don’t think he had an aquarium onboard, but I’d bet any money that he thought about...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 09-08-2020, 08:44
Replies: 48
Views: 3,628
Posted By ChrisJD
Re: Recommendation on outboard for small dinghy

We have an EPropolsion Spirit, which fits in somewhere between the two lower-end Torqeedo models. It works very well for our purposes: light, reliable, simple, zero maintenance. But it’s expensive,...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 16-07-2020, 14:52
Replies: 4
Views: 598
Posted By ChrisJD
Re: Tartan 3500 vs Sabre 362

Very similar boats in a lot of ways, but the Sabre is likely a few bucks more and will feel a lot bigger inside than the Tartan, thanks to the foldaway dining table; it also has a higher displacement...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 02-07-2020, 20:48
Replies: 4
Views: 448
Posted By ChrisJD
Re: Help me choose a daysailer

This has become a very popular segment in the last few years; Popular Sailor did a round-up of the new luxury daysailer segment in 2018:
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Forum: Monohull Sailboats 14-06-2020, 08:06
Replies: 14
Views: 625
Posted By ChrisJD
Re: Fix versus Sell

The one point I'd pause on is the idea that you'll end up with 20-year-old "near-as-possible-to-perfect used boat." I'm sure such a thing exists, but I've never seen one; my...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 11-06-2020, 16:30
Replies: 2
Views: 468
Posted By ChrisJD
Re: Porsche of the Lake

The Hunter shouldn't be on your list; if the C&C is a Porsche 911, the Hunter is a Ford Windstar. It's got its purpose, but that purpose is maximizing the interior room within a given LOA. C&Cs...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 31-05-2020, 10:10
Replies: 57
Views: 4,338
Posted By ChrisJD
Re: Affordable dinghy for small sailboat

I honestly disagree. Air floor inflatables do a very good job for their mission, and roll up into something not much bigger than a sail bag. For a small sailboat they're more than up to the task. ...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 31-05-2020, 06:11
Replies: 57
Views: 4,338
Posted By ChrisJD
Re: Affordable dinghy for small sailboat

Where are you located and how will you be using the dinghy? If you’re somewhere that gets a lot of sun and the boat stays in the water year round, you’ll want a hypalon dinghy, which tends to be...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 27-05-2020, 06:25
Replies: 6
Views: 782
Posted By ChrisJD
Re: Sabre 34 MKII Possible Purchase

Sabre has a very active owners’ forum at groups.io/g/SabreSailboat, which should be your first stop for advice. I can’t speak to the 34 mkII, but I love my 402.
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 20-04-2020, 20:29
Replies: 27
Views: 1,678
Posted By ChrisJD
Re: Brand Comparison

Responding to one very particular part of your original post, as to boat brands: _very_ generally speaking, the French and Balkans-based monohull manufacturers make up the bulk of new cruising boats...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 13-04-2020, 07:12
Replies: 24
Views: 1,276
Posted By ChrisJD
Re: Boat buying help

This is such a "how long is a piece of string" question as currently stated. There are all different types, makes and models that would meet those criteria; it's a bit like saying "I'd like to buy a...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 27-02-2020, 20:49
Replies: 9
Views: 573
Posted By ChrisJD
Re: Recommendation for marine surveyor in Connecticut

We used Paul Shaw, of Warwick RI, for our Sabre 402. We were very new to boat ownership and he was very thorough, frank and (important to me) not at all condescending, particularly to my wife, who’s...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 18-02-2020, 16:50
Replies: 3
Views: 463
Posted By ChrisJD
Re: question about Sabre 42 or 45

Another 402 owner here. To be fair, I've never taken her properly offshore, but in small craft advisory or gale conditions and 4-5" seas, double reefed, I consider her in her proper element. ...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 04-02-2020, 08:45
Replies: 7
Views: 668
Posted By ChrisJD
Re: Bimini vs. Mainsheet

How long are you looking for your bimini to be? Our traveler is on the deck house, but even without the main sheet bisecting the cockpit, our bimini only extends just forward of the helm so that you...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 11-08-2019, 07:49
Replies: 7
Views: 660
Posted By ChrisJD
Re: Stepping Masts

My yard in the Boston area charges about $950 to do the same for my mast every winter on my 40 footer. They charge me a line item rate for "30' and up" on the mast length. So doubling that for the...
Forum: Auxiliary Equipment & Dinghy 06-08-2019, 06:31
Replies: 0
Views: 373
Posted By ChrisJD
Epropulsion Spirit and Newport inflatable dink - thoughts?

We've spent the first couple of years with our boat primarily daysailing and taking longer trips to harbors with launch services, and very intentionally went without a dinghy to avoid the hassles....
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 19-07-2019, 09:01
Replies: 16
Views: 2,894
Posted By ChrisJD
Re: Buying into a charter or fractional program

I just logged in again for the first time in a couple of years after receiving a PM from another future cruiser about fractional programs, and figured I'd provide an update. We decided not to go...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 28-03-2017, 13:37
Replies: 17
Views: 3,056
Posted By ChrisJD
Re: Advice Request: Good Starter/Learning Boat

We were in roughly your position a couple of years ago. Rather than buying a boat out of the gate, we took ASA sailing classes (101 and 103) with a local sailing school and joined a Sailtime program...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 16-02-2017, 10:37
Replies: 16
Views: 2,894
Posted By ChrisJD
Re: Buying into a charter or fractional program

Thanks nextis. How have you found the experience of charter ownership, in terms of boat usage, care by charterers, management by the company, and financial returns vs. promises? This is really the...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 15-02-2017, 16:11
Replies: 16
Views: 2,894
Posted By ChrisJD
Re: Buying into a charter or fractional program

We've thought of that, but buying a 20- or 30-year-old boat strikes us as something that we'd want to do once we've had a chance to ease in to ownership on a newer boat. I suppose we could go...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 15-02-2017, 14:35
Replies: 16
Views: 2,894
Posted By ChrisJD
Re: Buying into a charter or fractional program

We're in Boston and trying to stay within a radius of about an hour or so north or south of here. It's not a big charter market, but what's around here tends to be new boats (further up the coast in...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 15-02-2017, 14:02
Replies: 16
Views: 2,894
Posted By ChrisJD
Re: Buying into a charter or fractional program

Thanks David. I considered a "please don't tell me not to buy at all" caveat on my original post, but I may as well do so here. I certainly understand that, measured by time on the boat, I'd be...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 15-02-2017, 12:41
Replies: 16
Views: 2,894
Posted By ChrisJD
Buying into a charter or fractional program

I know this has been addressed in various details elsewhere, including as to partnerships, incorporation, taxes, etc., but I'm looking for some more general advice here to start with:

My wife and...
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