Ivy Bonner Sailboat February 01st, 2018 - 12:51:32
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.
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.
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.
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.