Judy Boyer Sailboat February 08th, 2018 - 10:06:17
While most people tend to think of sailboats as all being the same there are actually a variety of different types of sailboats in use throughout the world today. The basics still apply to them as far as sails and using the wind to power them through the water but the features that make them unique offer a variety of different benefits to people depending on their personal preferences. Many people wrongly assume that the size of the sailboat is the defining characteristic that separates it from other sailboats on the water. While different size sailboat will certainly have different features and provide its passengers with an array of different comforts its not the size that really matters. The most common differences between sailboats have to do with the number and the position of masts that each ship has though in recent years that is no longer the only distinction.
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.
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.
There are many factors to consider before buying a sailboat. The most important factors are cost type storage and a performing a thorough sailboat inspection. If you want to take the next step in your sailing career and buy a sailboat you will need to make a detailed checklist. First on the checklist should be your projected budget for buying a sailboat. This will help you narrow your search results and bring buying and owning a sailboat closer to reality. The type of sailboat you decide on will establish what rig it will have and the kind of sailing you plan on doing. Types of sailboats include sloops cutters ketches yawls and catboats. Types of sailing you could be doing are racing cruising and day-sailing. Once you have an idea of what you want search for the corresponding sailboat.