A cruise-ish version of a Marstrom / A class ish thing begins to appeal- a drifter for the light (when it’s easy to handle), then one sail. Comfy seats, hard decks, mast step at deck level so stepping is easy, hulls big enough for a port a potty, fold down central Bimini for a place to crawl into and take a nap. Sleek enough to appeal. This apparent idea that older guys need clunky boats is offensive. I think most foraging boomers are looking for a satisfying, responsive boat without the pucker factor.Gonna be 65 next month. Sail anF31r in the Salish Sea. Been thinking a lot about to NOT lose the love for for sailing. How to adapt my boat and ambitions to my lesser strength and increased caution.
It's gonna take a while in part because of the ingrained go-fast habits. For instance, this summer I did a bit of a deep dive on installing a roller furling jib. Ended up not pulling the trigger because I could not quite handle paying all that money and getting a much heavier set up with a whole lot less sail area. So not I am working on optimizing a jib downhaul set up.
It was a problem before SARS 2. Unless you can piggyback with other boats, the co$ts add up, especially with new boats. I couldn’t piggyback, and the cost went up for an English dinghy. IIRR, the boat before fees and shipping was somewhere around 10-11K, pickup price was 17+K, RORO. An argument for made locally, you’d think, but perhaps not. Or maybe designing to the tech in your area. Wasn’t there a movement towards dinghy design digitally exported to CNC cut out kits locally, even dedicated fabrication of said kits locally, so shipping (or much shipping) wouldn’t be necessary? I suppose it limits materials, but (and I’m going to regret posting this), but sophisticated wood tech would be at least green, & getting over the religion of centralized manufacture might be a good idea in an ongoing COVID world. Look at Julian’s 89er project & the number of people involved, for example.Not a boomer but did allot of research and instead of just another Getaway on the bay I finalized down to 2 boats here in Hawaii that dont exist, Diam 24 and any of the Astus's. Which in the case of single handling in good wind and the fact it can be broken down reasonably and budget it was the 16.5 that was chosen. But man did the pandemic make me pay!! Freight was insane not to mention Brandon's personal demuraging fines at the port of LA. nearly doubled the entire cost to get it here and well its here and some day I'm gonna be a boomer with a boomin ass little bay sprayer!!
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You've got one of the best ever designed right there in your patch.Did the sting 600's/adventure tri ever make it to the water? Nothing shows on their website
except for 1 sail in lighter winds. The boat looked pretty frail at the cross beams.
The Searail 19 looks like a practical vessel for a lot of us Foragers.
I sold my NACRA 36 and I am looking to downsize to a small tri (19 to 24ft)
for local club racing in New Zealand. There is not a lot to chose from here in the way of
used or new small fast tris. Except for building from new.