Rachel Vaughn Sailboat February 01st, 2018 - 12:04:25
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.
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.
Many people have this idea that buying a sailboat is one long painful process. They dont know what kind of sailboat they want, or where to look for it, or even how to sail once they own it. While this may have been the reality years ago, the process is no longer that difficult - we have the internet to thank for that. You can now go online and learn all about sailing, what kind of sailboats are on the market, and even buy sailboats online. It doesnt get any easier than that! If you are considering buying a sailboat or learning more about the buying process, start with a simple online search. You will soon discover that there many different types and sizes of sailboats. Determine what kind of sailing you will be doing and look for a sailboat type that provides a good fit. You can search through articles, wikis, and forums in your search for sailboat information.
Reviews Any popular sailboat brand should have a number of different reviews that are available for it that can help you to get an idea of whether or not the average customer in your same position... he made a smart purchase when they purchased a particular sailboat. There should be many reviews online, so make sure to look around and properly evaluate any boat before making a purchase. Reviews can be a very helpful tool when evaluating a product, but should not be the end-all be-all. Remember to keep in mind that oftentimes people that have negative experiences are going to be much more motivated to leave a review. This means that many of the reviews for products online or overwhelmingly negative.