Jennie Phillips Sailboat February 12th, 2018 - 11:20:10
The key is to differentiate between a correctly priced sailboat and one that is being sold above its value. If you are not an expert on sailboats and their equipment, solicit the advice of a professional. The last thing you want is to be sold a lemon - that is, a sailboat with hidden issues or damage. Another way to buy a sailboat at greater value is to negotiate. Most sailboats are listed at prices that are not firm, and are subject to being lowered. Take initiative and look to barter for a lower price. Again, this is where professional advice can help you get the best bang for your buck. As you determine your own needs and wants, a guide to buying a sailboat can help you navigate the market and get you closer to being a proud sailboat owner.
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.
Most sailboats are fiberglass these days, but if you are looking for a really strong sailboat, you are likely to choose steel or aluminum. Fiberglass is fine for normal use, but if you are going cross oceans, or give your sailboat a hard life, metal is best. They are also good materials if you want to get your own design of sailboat built. The reason aluminum or steel are best is that metals are both strong and stiff, and when hit really hard, they bend - fiberglass and even the most advanced composites will break, and even shatter. Then the sailboat will almost certainly sink. A sailboat with a dent in the hull can keep going.
The Internet provides a multitude of resources that will help you with your sailboat building project. Boat designs and detailed boat plans are available to download. Youll also find a wide variety of online marine supply stores that sell boat building materials, equipment and tools. Whether your sailboat is a one-person sabat, a daysailer or a catamaran, youll feel a special sense of pride knowing that comes with sailboat building. Once youve acquired the skills to finish your boat, youll be able to perform your own routine maintenance and repairs. If all this sounds good and youre ready to enjoy the boating lifestyle, then its time to look into sailboat building.