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Old 09-21-11, 08:31 AM
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For the Sailors: Dream Boats

I try not to want things just for the sake of wanting them, but I have to confess I want one of these.
http://wharram.com/site/node/14


Or one of these.


And one of these for the lake.

http://wharram.com/site/node/12

and yes I have a soft spot for muti-hulls
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Something fast but big enough to sleep in. Larger J boat comes to mind.

Loved the Capri 30 I used to crew on. Fast, even in light air, stand up head room in cabin, big cockpit.

But I also like the idea of being able to sail with a small crew or even single handed, so I am not sure that there is one dream boat for me.

Realistically, something like a pop top Catalina 22 or 25 would be just about right for our family of 4.
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But I also like the idea of being able to sail with a small crew or even single handed, so I am not sure that there is one dream boat for me.
The ability to sail single handed is huge for me as my wife will occasionally get on a boat, she sure won't do any work while there.
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The ability to sail single handed is huge for me as my wife will occasionally get on a boat, she sure won't do any work while there.
Also, I must tell you, I am pretty much a racer. Sitting on a sail boat for hours on end just cruising does not hold a lot of appeal to me. I enjoy the down time after a race sailing back to the marina and such, but I prefer to make the boat go as fast as possible when I am on it.

I have some friends that went to Jamaica on vacation. They went out on a large excursion sailboat and ended up getting to sail her. The Jamaican skipper at one point approached one of my buddies and asked "Hey Mon, back in de States, do you be a barber?" to which my friend replied "No, why would you think that?" and the skipper replied "Because you always be trimmin' Mon!"!!!!!
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I'm just the opposite, I may have occasional bursts of speed but for the most part I sail like I bike slow and steady.
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I forgot about Corsair Marine. A Sprint 750 or Dash 750 would be an awesome boat for me as well!

And I cut my teeth on a Merit 25, so that boat holds a special place in my heart. Would get a Merit 25 in a heartbeat.
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With furling mains, you get get a pretty big boat and still single hand it.

Some of the newest boats come with joystick controls so docking is simple in boats even 60 feet
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Some of the newest boats come with joystick controls so docking is simple in boats even 60 feet
You're talking to a guy who the first time he was on boat with a powered winch couldn't help but try and turn them.
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I do not want, nor could I afford something 60' that needs a joystick control.

I have skippered a 56' houseboat with twin I/O's so I know how much of a hassle a bit boat can be and would love to drive something with thrusters and a joystick some day.

Also used to crew on and skipper a 36' catamaran with a single 9.9hp o/b. Talk about fun to dock.........

We used to sail the Merit 25 in and out of the slip without a motor. Sailing down the marina, dropping the sail and timing the spin of the boat to have the stern in front of the slip was fun. I love sailing in close quarters, but would not do it without a crew that I had sailed with a lot.
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I know nothing of sail boats. What is the largest boat you can sail with one or two people?
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I know nothing of sail boats. What is the largest boat you can sail with one or two people?
Depends on the design of the boat. As Stan pointed out automation has made it a lot easier.
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Something fast but big enough to sleep in. Larger J boat comes to mind.
Speaking of Js you might like this gallery from my friends at WBF.
http://www.billyblack.com/gallery_ar...ort/index.html
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That depends on how it is built.

Sir Francis Chichester did a solo circumnavigation of the world in a 54' boat.

Gypsey Moth Circles the World is a good read about that voyage.
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Speaking of Js you might like this gallery from my friends at WBF.
http://www.billyblack.com/gallery_ar...ort/index.html

I was thinking more of a J 90 or a J 105, not the J class A/C boats! Used to race on the J-22 Southwest Circuit.
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I was thinking more of a J 90 or a J 105, not the J class A/C boats!
If you're going to dream, dream big. They're so freakin' beautiful when racing.
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If you're going to dream, dream big. They're so freakin' beautiful when racing.
I have a book by Beken of Cowes with shots of boats at Cowes Race Week. My roommate from Texas A&M is now living in Portsmouth England and his offices are in teh Portsmouth Historic Dockyards overlooking the boats. Some day I would love to go spend that week with him and try to find a ride on a big race boat.

Here is the view from his office in the winter

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I have a book by Beken of Cowes with shots of boats at Cowes Race Week. My roommate from Texas A&M is now living in Portsmouth England and his offices are in teh Portsmouth Historic Dockyards overlooking the boats. Some day I would love to go spend that week with him and try to find a ride on a big race boat.

Here is the view from his office in the winter

Ok now I'm jealous. I'm landlocked and sailing on our little lakes is nothing like coastal cruising.
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What I want, Rustler 24



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One of the Merit 25's I used to crew on was sold and taken to Colorado, Grand Lake if I recall correctly.
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Something fast but big enough to sleep in. Larger J boat comes to mind.

Loved the Capri 30 I used to crew on. Fast, even in light air, stand up head room in cabin, big cockpit.

But I also like the idea of being able to sail with a small crew or even single handed, so I am not sure that there is one dream boat for me.

Realistically, something like a pop top Catalina 22 or 25 would be just about right for our family of 4.
Give it a few months, then head north. Oh, and sleep when you're dead
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Can I get a WWII escort carrier?

... do you think I can crew it solo?
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