Lacey Prince Sailboat February 14th, 2018 - 12:18:14
A sailboat can take you on a wonderful trip for away from home into the sparkling aquamarine ocean to lands far away. Imagine renting a sailboat for a week and jaunting off to the fabulous island of your dreams for a week or plan a trip full of several destinations. Enjoy the ocean spray from aboard the sailboat and take an indulgent sip of your drink. The options are endless and the choice is up to you. Sailboat charters are becoming more and more popular with people that year after year have been on vacations to islands. People that have taken cruises and yacht excursions are deciding to strike it out on their own.
Then there are the two-mast sailboats. These usually start at forty feet and can run up to as large as one-hundred fifty feet long. They are generally designed for longer voyages and are not very practical for local cruising except for cruises and other expeditions as part of a business where several hands are on staff for these cruises. There are several different kinds of two-mast sailboats that include the schooner ketch and yawl. There are also three-mast sailboats which build on the concept of the two-mast and are mostly associated with the classic sailing ships throughout history.
Through more recent technology the number of hulls that a sailboat has is also an important consideration when determining what distinguishes one ship from another. Multiple hull sailboats are also more commonly referred to as catamarans. These sailboats offer greater stability than its monhull (as they are now being referred to) counterparts due to the wide spread between the hulls. This creates strong leverage which allows them to cruise as greater speeds than the monohulls. Many modern catamarans have surprisingly spacious areas below deck for any number of purposes including storage sleeping quarters and basic shelter. There are also three-hulled sailboats known as trimarans and these are becoming very popular in recent years.
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.