Saturday, January 30, 2010

Future sailing thoughts....

In the previous post I mentioned that I am selling the Watkins 29 due to high cost of owning a large sailboat that sits in a slip and doesn't get used like I wish. So here are my thoughts on possible plans once the boat finally sells, hopefully this spring.

Smaller is better, at least for my situation. (I will elaborate on this in a later post)

So I am trying to find a few small trailerable sailboats that can handle heavy weather and can be sailed across the gulf stream to the Bahamas safely without much worry. What I have found are a few boats that fit my criteria.

My first choice at this moment is the Montgomery 17, a small seaworthy vessel capable of extensive cruising but in small "camping" like conditions which is absolutely fine for me at this point in my life. The boat can be purchased at a very reasonable price, from $5,000 to $10,000 for a pretty well equipped but in good condition. A new one can be had at $20,000 which is a very reasonable price in my opinion for a new and very strong boat.

Others are the West Wight Potters, Compacs, and other small but capable boats.

The Montgomery 17 seems to stand out above the rest to be a more seaworthy and overly built boat.

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