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fierceapathy posted a topic in Cruising AnarchyAnarchists, First and foremost thank you for this forum. I've been pouring over posts that I think apply to my aspirations and I genuinely appreciate the expertise, banter, and humor. Now, my aforementioned aspirations. I'm a Navy veteran (aviation) who recently enrolled in graduate school and has decided to call Annapolis home while I figure out what's next. While in the midst of this figuring, three good friends passed of tragic circumstances in less than three months, and my figuring came to an abrupt conclusion. Fuck it. While I did decide to complete my graduate program, I am now undergoing the somewhat familiar (at least to the internet) process of "selling everything" and leaving. While I've traveled extensively in the past, including six months driving around South America, I've never done any long distance on a ship that wasn't propelled by steam by way of nuclear fission (or fusion...i can never remember which, and I was a history major so I'm sure as shit not figuring it out); and since I've often discussed sailing to far flung locations including Patagonia and Antarctica I figured this was a good a time as any to figure it out. I don't really have any hard geographic goals to apply to my search criteria such as "circumnavigation" or "all seven continents" or "caribbean bung holing (sic)", but i figured if she could do a circumnavigation then I have the option, and I like options. So, now that I'm a four-months and neck deep in boat porn, cruising world posts, and the occasional Perry on Design review, I think I can finally translate my "options" into boat speak. The reason I decided to post however, is because most reviews that at least start along some of the same criteria (boat length, budget, circumnavigation etc.) all quickly diverge before I can obtain more nuggets of wisdom. So, if you're still reading, thank you, and this is where I seek advice. Scouts honor titty pics to follow. I just didn't want to cheapen the process by pulling some off the internet, and I generally don't keep them lying around...but I'm certainly not against changing that policy. 1) Not against going slow...to a point (IP40 ok, IP27 not so much) 2) Likely will be single-handing for extended stretches (probably right around a fresh titty pic posting) 3) "Gentlemen don't sail to windward" so I'm sure I'll find myself heading that direction at least once 4) But I would still like to be under 6' draft 5) Trying to balance cost of ownership with livability 6) Under 40' gets me into 90% of military marinas, over 40' lowers it to 20% 7) Strong resell market is huge, not trying to buy my forever boat 8) Turn key is preferable as USAA financing won't take refit into financing considerations With those eight criteria going into my search I've landed on the following boats with the following reservations: Vilm 116 - New Bern, NC (http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2002/Vilm-Nauticat-116-Motorsailer-Pilothouse-2728375/New-Bern/NC/United-States#.VqbmylMrLR0) Pros: Absolutely gorgeous boat (pictures don't do it justice) Can always motorsail to windward (owner claims <.7 gph @ 7 knot cruise) Bob Perry seemed to like it (http://sailingmagazine.net/article-384-vilm-116.html) Separate living spaces should I decide to pursue charter/airbnb In-mast furling (solely for single-handing) Cons: Pretty much whatever the boat version of "stock" is In-mast furling (I get people swear against it, but it seems interesting a "baltic" boat would choose it) Tankage is small Doesn't appear to have a strong resale market Island Packet 40 - Deltaville, VA (http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1995/Island-Packet-40-2855081/Deltaville/VA/United-States#.VqbnA1MrLR0) Pros: Strong resale market Not terribly ugly (even with the arch) Not terribly slow (especially by IP standards) 4'8" draft Pride of previous ownership Turnkey Cons: Not terribly beautiful Not terribly fast Those interior lights High(er) engine hours (maybe it's slower than I think) Caliber 40 LRC - Maine (http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1997/Caliber-40LRC-2913861/ME/United-States#.VqbocVMrLR0) Pros: Tankage I like the looks of the lines Quicker than the IP, and I assume the Vilm Pride of previous ownership Definitely Turnkey Cons: Hate the looks of the interior Even higher engine hours Seems like a crowded deck and cockpit (does it have to be a cutter?) Like the option of being able to sleep on the cockpit settees and those don't look friendly In closing I really do like the idea of the raised salon / hard dodger but not enough to like the sliding doors of the Nauticat 38. I know the S&S designed Nauticat 43' is supposed to sail much better, and has the traditional entry, but it's too large and I can't find a 35' in the US to see if it's large enough. I have also looked into catamarans, but can't seem to find a decisive conclusion as to whether or not a sane person would round the Capes in a Seawind 1000 (only cat I like that I could afford). As far as my experience I've crewed on a Bennet Brothers Sloop for a delivery or two as well as day sailing, have a Sun Fish behind the house, and plan on doing Wednesday Night races once I have something resembling free time (July-August). So in the interest of finishing this post I'll end here, thanks again.
Hi everyone, I recently took ownership of a G&S 30 named Slingshot. Some of you may know it as a sister ship to “Zoo 2” (I think). Anyhow the boat experienced an unscheduled rapid disassembly of the mast shortly after trading paint with another boat during a Thursday night race in south haven Michigan. The mast was broken in two places and does not appear to be salvageable with much confidence. So begins my search for a similar sized rig, or taller. I have heard that a Santana 35 rig may be close or even a Melges 32 rig if I am feeling sporty. Of course budget is a consideration here. I wanted to see if anyone has heard of some salvage boats wasting space or spare rigs making wives unhappy as they kill the appearance of a manicured backyard. If so I may be able to help relieve some angst by giving your orphaned mast a second chance on the big blue. Or feel free to offer some insight on what mast I should try to track down. Thank you in advanced for your help. P.S. this is my first SA posting
Here is my vintage IOR cruiser. I have been working on her since 2009 making this vintage IOR racer into a basic cruiser by adding some basic amenities below deck since she was set up strictly for racing when built and remained that way until I bought her. Hull and deck are all aluminum. I get numerous comments from everyone at my dock, they just love the lines/looks of this design.
cogniz posted a topic in Multihull AnarchyHello Crowd Wisdom. I know this is a can of worms but I'm going to wade in for the sake of shortening my learning curve. Or confusing me. I'll let you know. Matthew wrecked our beloved Dragonfly SW800 Race (26') at the dock. Combo my stupidity (not bare poles) and well, not sure. Mostly my stupidity. Steep learning curve. Anyway... We are a family of 5 about 2 years into deepening our skills on the GA coastline with sights on a Florida and Bahamas trip once the 3 year old can swim (say 2 years from now likely). Our Dragonfly was an amazing boat. But small for 5. So we are looking at moving up in length and now considering a catamaran. Here's the choices (but welcome other input)... Contour 34, Gemini 105mc, PDQ. I'll say I'm captivated by the trimarans on the whole, which is why I chose the Quorning boat. Fast, fun to sail, pointed really well. Trailering, even with crane assist, is appealing. Folding the beam down, shallow draft and the deck (net) real estate are big selling points. Seems the Contour 34 has all I'm after with real blue water potential. But my wife is curious about the catamaran for cabin space and entertaining.... Our marina can lift a Gemini... Yes, budget will win but I'd be willing to wait for the budget and right solution to merge sometime in the future... Thanks for your input and wisdom. Truly. I'm thankful for this forum as I've learned so much. Rad