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Judy Boyer Sailboat February 10th, 2018 - 16:15:30
If you are able to find a product that has a good amount of positive as well as negative reviews then you can usually bet that a majority of the customers have been satisfied. Great Retirement Purchase Getting a sailboat is definitely something that many people have considered to be a great retirement purchase. It can be a wonderful hobby that can consume a lot of time that otherwise might go to less fruitful activities. Much like golf getting into sailing means that you are going to have a relaxing hobby that can be expensive but also allows you to spend a great deal of time enjoying it. Sailboats can be a lot of fun for retired individuals and whole families alike. If you feel that it is something that you would be interested in there is a lot to learn about sailing before ever making the purchase to make sure it is something that would hold your interest for a long period of time. Since it is a very expensive purchase you want to make sure that it truly is up your alley and is not just a fleeting idea that you may forget in a few weeks. If you change your mind you can always sell your sailboat as well.
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 other advantages too. Fiberglass boats usually have separate keels that are bolted in place. The bolts work in the retaining holes in the hull enlarging then slightly and after a few years you are likely to get leaks. Worse still if you press your sailboat really hard the bolts can breakand you lose the keel. This happens quite often in racing and can happen to cruising sailboats as well. The keel of a steel or aluminum boat is formed as part of the hull so it cannot come off - and the ballast of lead or steel is encapsulated inside where it cannot move. If you are looking for a 20-28 foot sailboat to cruise around rivers estuaries and a little offshore cruising then fiberglass is fine. But if you want to go further or you want your boat to be of a particular design choose aluminum or steel. Many firms offer excellent designs for metal sailboats and some offer sets of panels that you weld together - or have welded together - usually complete with instructions.
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.