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Annie Wiley Sailboat February 13th, 2018 - 14:23:03
Finishing your sailboat will prove that you can make a commitment and complete a large-scale project. The current economy has put the dream out boat ownership out of reach for many people. When you build your own sailboat, you can begin to live the boating lifestyle and make the dream of owning a boat a reality. Many people who enjoy DIY projects have completed a sailboat building project. Whether you work solo or enlist family and friends as helpers, building your own sailboat is an experience youll never forget.
The sailboat cruiser is interested in having fun, being safe, and enjoying the fellowship with other boaters... in a stationary situation. It is very hard to have cocktails or enjoy conversation while the boat is moving... as it is when you are sailboat racing. Sailboat cruising versus sailboat racing is as different as day and night. I would not normally compare circumnavigation to sailboat cruising... but rather use it to illustrate a point. I had a conversation with Bill Pinckney a few months after he had become the first African-American to circumnavigate the globe alone. I asked him what was the secret to successful circumnavigation. His answer was very simplistic..." You have to stay healthy and you have to stay on board"...very similar to how to enjoy sailboat cruising. Tacking is a maneuver performed many times in the course of a sailboat race... I asked Pinckney how many times he tacked going around the world... he thought about it for a minute and replied..."Once, I think". Sailboat cruising versus sailboat racing... very different, one is a lifestyle... the other is a competitive sport.
As far as the traditional monhull sailboats that most people are familiar with, the most common of all of them are the single mast sailboats. Also known as a sloop, these sailboats have a single mast that is either set into or stepped to the hull, or the deck of the ship. This mast supports two sails, the mainsail and the headsail (sometimes referred to as the jib). The mainsail is the aft sail and the headsail is to forward sail. The catboat and the cutter are two variations of the sloop. The catboat has the mainsail at the front of the ship and the cutter holds the mast aft and can commonly feature two jibs along with the mainsail. Having a single mast sailboat is easier to control and maintain and therefore is the most common sailboat for schools and lessons.
There are so many different reasons, or excuses, a person could come up with to charter a sailboat. These sailboat charters can be "chartered" in two different ways. You can either pay for a full charter, in which you have a captain and a crew to serve your needs and desires. In this case, you can still maintain your navigator job and tell the crew where to go, or you can let them give you the tour on their own map. Or, you could go with the do-it-your-own way and charter the boat bareboat style, without the captain and crew. Youll need to know your way around the isles and how to maneuver the boat, but thats not too hard with a chartered sailboat. Finding an excuse to use a sailboat charter is not hard; the hard part is choosing where to go.