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Rachel Vaughn Sailboat February 27th, 2018 - 15:44:56
Sailboat cruising versus sailboat racing... the skill set required is vastly different To be a successful sailboat racer requires quickness agility and strength in order to attain the maximum sailboat speed. If you look at a team photo of a crew entered in the Americas Cup for example... you will see very young and very fit men and women. The exception is the Captain and the tactician... these two men or women are on board for their experience... knowledge of race tactics and ability to make the boat go as fast as possible. The sailboat cruiser on the other hand can be any age any body type and know very little about sailboat racing.
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.
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.
Finishing your sailboat will prove that you can make a commitment and complete a large-scale project. The current economy has put the dream out boat ownership out of reach for many people. When you build your own sailboat you can begin to live the boating lifestyle and make the dream of owning a boat a reality. Many people who enjoy DIY projects have completed a sailboat building project. Whether you work solo or enlist family and friends as helpers building your own sailboat is an experience youll never forget.