Judy Boyer Sailboat February 15th, 2018 - 12:39:10
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.
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You will need to be good with your hands and have a small workshop with the necessary tools. Its best to buy the tools as you go along to avoid unnecessary expenditure. You may decide to buy a prefabricated hull and sails, or alternatively you may opt to make everything yourself. Whatever you decide, your starting point is a scale drawing with enough detail to get you started. If you are really ambitious you could even create your own design. Beware of scaling down the plans of a full size boat unless you are an expert mathematician because the relationship is not direct.
Sailboat cruising versus sailboat racing... the skill set required is vastly different To be a successful sailboat racer requires quickness, agility and strength in order to attain the maximum sailboat speed. If you look at a team photo of a crew entered in the Americas Cup, for example... you will see very young and very fit, men and women. The exception is the Captain and the tactician... these two men or women are on board for their experience... knowledge of race tactics, and ability to make the boat go as fast as possible. The sailboat cruiser on the other hand can be any age, any body type, and know very little about sailboat racing.