Growing up sailing with us, it appears we've raised the opposite of this young guy in the vid., who's priority seems to be working on the boat.
O'Day built some pretty good boats; I wonder how an Outlaw found it's way over there!Growing up sailing with us, it appears we've raised the opposite of this young guy in the vid., who's priority seems to be working on the boat.
Our son was given a boat that you could put in a shop and work on - full time - for the next year. He's got no interest in that. I helped he and our daughter rig it last week - they were off sailing two hours after we stepped the mast.
A few days later, they sailed along with us and rafted up for the night. We all (4)sat in the cockpit of his boat for sometime. I was so impressed with the 8' cockpit in the 1968 Rhodes design(this is an O'day Outlaw 26'er with a tall rig), I started thinking this boat might be worth a 'restoration'. So we all started talking about that.
Our son, listened, drank his beer, listened,...and finally said, "I'm not going to do a thing to this boat, except sail it". Done.
Fair enough. It's all there, everything works, and it sails great. Here's the new boat rafted alongside with a it's sun bimini up. We had a great dinner, the 4 of us, same as any season in the last 25 years.
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Those 3di sails are so damn light, I could see a super rich newbie thinking they are a good purchase. And if you have the money, why not? They do make handling easier, and they do set better for longer, if you have coin to burn might as well be there rather than an upgraded blue underwater lighting display and bigger subwoofersIn south Florida, much deeper on the keel and it won't go to windward, leeward, or sideways - it'll be stuck in the sand. Now, why it has a set of 3Di "racing sails" is a better question....OMG did you see the keel on that boat. JFC. How does it sail?It seems everyone wants to turn their sailing exploits into a youtube reality show these days. This one popped up recently:
A family of 6 sold everything and bought a nearly new monster Beneteau of 50+ feet without knowing how to sail. Hopefully this doesnt end in tears...
I watched a couple of the videos. Given their complete naivete, the fact that their starter boat is a very complex, very large boat, they seem to be learning pretty fast actually. And so far, not begging for money!
I do admit that I like their down to earth attitude. They're not afraid to show themselves vomiting over the side or admitting they're making plenty of mistakes. They also seem like the sorts that arent afraid to roll up their sleeves and get dirty.This guy does learn very fast though. In his "captains log" in only about 2 weeks he has learned that brokers cannot be trusted, a survey tells you only about 1/3 of what you need to know and can be learned just by looking, West Marine is overpriced, and that boats are much more expensive than they appear. He learned to order spares for everything (like 5 belts for the genset). He took someone along with them to Bimini to teach them some sailing and navigation rather than having the CG pull them off half way over. He isn't begging or living on the public dole. Compared to a lot of these sorts of blogs and video logs, I give them a B+. It is a bit short on bare breasts, I will admit.