I am looking for the perfect boat. Now, I know, you'll tell me that no two people want the same boat, and no boat can be all things to all people. But that’s ok. I'm stuck up. I don't care at all about other people. I want MY perfect boat.
You know, the one that looks, feels, and creeks like a classic boat. Perhaps it's a topsail schooner? perhaps not. Perhaps.... just perhaps, it has a huge bowsprit for a plethora of head sails, with a big net below, to fall into and watch the sea go by.
It can sleep at least 3 couples.
It points and tracks well. Tacks on a dime. Sails in a wisper. Has a shallow (sub 6') draft.
There's room for a real, honest to goodness SHOWER below decks, even if it is operated by a foot pump (because pressure waters just another thing that breaks too often, and needs to much maintenance)
So who am I to possess such a masterpiece of sailing art?
Well, I just finished my first year of boat ownership. I've got 30 days on the water, and have rebuilt a few parts of my boat.
My next boat is probably another plastic fantastic lover, to liveaboard and cruise the Left Coast, But I'm getting sea time. I will soon (soon being a relatively word) have my OUPV, and then, I would really like to have a classic yacht to take people out on. But this classic yacht should have a modern underbody, and be as seaworthy as anything else, because before she is some clients play thing, she will by my home, and I will sail her to all points I can. I aim to one day circle the cape.
Now, I mention this in some "sailing" forums, and people tell me to forget it. Nothing with a gaff rig, or more than 1 mast can point. get a plastic sloop and get on with it. Well... I've got a plastic sloop, and I love her to death, but when I was 10, I sailed aboard a turn of the century ketch, and the memory of lying in the net under the bowsprit, as a pod of dolphins came to play, on the way to Catalina is something that will be with me forever. I want a boat that to be aboard is that type of experience. I think there can be nothing greater than to be permanently etched into someone’s mind like that.
You people are into wooden boats. You are the hopeless romantics I am accused of being, with the practicality, handiness, and hard determination to make it happen. So where do I start? What boat can I find that is like this? Practical and seaworthy, but romantic, classic, and of a truly unforgettable nature?
Thank you for your help.