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Cassie Decker Sailboat February 01st, 2018 - 11:30:53
Sailboat cruising versus sailboat racing... let us examine the difference between the two.· Sailboat cruising boat versus a sailboat racing boat...The boats themselves A sailboat cruising boat has creature comforts... it is an effect a floating RV... you can cook sleep entertain and enjoy the surroundings in a sailboat cruising boat. A sailboat racing boat is designed for one thing and one thing only... boat speed. Below decks in a sailboat racer may or may not have something so basic as a marine toilet. The bunks the galley equipment the salon areas and all things that make a sailboat cruising boat a floating home... would only slow a sailboat racer down and thus not be present on a boat built for speed.
Sailboats are built sturdy and made to weather rough conditions. If you find a used sailboat with a strong hull it wont be far off from a brand new sailboat. Other key parts to look at are the sails lines and mast. If these parts look good and the basic structure of the sailboat is sound then there is no need to buy a new sailboat. If the sailboat comes with a suspect engine weigh the costs of a new engine and how vital it is to your sailing needs. Remember that these kinds of parts can always be taken out and replaced but the hull cannot. The key in buying a used sailboat is research research research. Know your needs know your budget and search for a sailboat that meets your standards. If you need more help there is a wealth of information online that can help you in buying a used sailboat.
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.
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.