Rachel Vaughn Sailboat February 15th, 2018 - 11:24:45
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.
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.
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.
Where are you going to store the sailboat? This is an important question, as you have to consider potential storage and maintenance fees. People generally keep their sailboat at a public access location, marina, or on their own property. Determine which options make the most sense for you. The last item on a checklist for buying a sailboat is the inspection. In fact, a proper sailboat evaluation should have its own checklist, including searching for evidence of damage, worn materials, and that all parts are functioning and in good condition. To make your own detailed checklist, research all the information pertaining to your potential sailboat. It will help you organize your goals and set a path for you to become the proud owner of a sailboat.