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Older sailors - upsize or downsize?

Discussion in 'Ask All Sailors' started by MightyMike, Aug 10, 2017. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Kings Gambit

    Kings Gambit

    Joined Jul 27, 2011
    2,639 posts, 438 likes
    Bavaria 38E
    US Alamitos Bay
    I love the comfort and "weekend range" of my Bavaria 38E such that it's tough to think about down-sizing. I put on a smaller headsail (roller furling/reefing) for easier tacking/trimming, and installed at 4-point lazy-jack system that allows me to drop the mainsail quickly w/o making a big mess of sail on the coach top and in the cockpit. It'll ride there until I can strap on a sail tie. Add autopilot and electric windlass and the only thing left that seems demanding is hoisting the main and moving the main traveler to further to windward under load. Before I'd downsize, I'd install an electric winch in a strategic location to assist w/hoisting and some sheeting. The boat for the duffers that does it all is the IP 41-ft SP cruiser; but, you'll need a lot of green. listing#.WpY2ydQrJpg

  2. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    2,397 posts, 977 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    Maybe you should post here
    Just saying :cowbell:

    - Will (Dragonfly)

  3. Jerry Clark H356 SV Persi

    Jerry Clark H356 SV Persi

    Joined Mar 3, 2003
    614 posts, 41 likes
    Hunter 356
    US Grand Rivers
    I bought a Hunter 260 and learned to sail when I was 50. It had the fixed keel and wheel, roller furling job but not much more. We sailed the boat for 5 years before buying our Hunter 356 and commissioned it for full cruising. I have a below decks autopilot, in-mast furling, all the bells and whistles and my H356 is 100 times easier to sail than the H260. A friend of mine bought a H460 at the same time and it was equipped like mine. Sailed as easy as the 356. Size is less important than how it is outfitted. With the right set up, it’s easy to sail. My wife does not help with thecsailing part, so I’m effectively a single hander all the time. I’ll be 71 in a couple of months and I won’t be downsizing. With our generator and full cockpit enclosure we sail 9 months a year and stay comfortable and warm in spring and fall and cool in the summer.

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  4. DougM


    Joined Jul 24, 2005
    1,466 posts, 118 likes
    Beneteau 323
    US Manistee, MI
    This is all I need... B8E2FC9C-3BD3-40FA-A995-809088CB0D60.jpeg

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  5. Kermit


    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    4,490 posts, 1,632 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    Wow. A roof rack that holds a Beneteau. Cool beans!

  6. jon hansen

    jon hansen

    Joined May 25, 2012
    810 posts, 345 likes
    john alden caravelle 42
    us sturgeon bay, wis
    doug, you live in a magical place on this globe. great sailing, great highways. sweet choices to enjoy such.

  7. pateco


    Joined Aug 12, 2014
    1,933 posts, 485 likes
    Hunter 31 (1983)
    US Pompano Beach FL
    Being a member of a local club can greatly enhance your ability to sail even as you get older. One of our clubs most competitive racers is in his late 70s. He has a 43' stay-sail sloop and sails it weekly. There is never a shortage of crew volunteers, and he has done Key West race week, Miami's Columbus Day regatta and the Conch Republic Cup (Key West to Cuba). Multiple times. Winning his class on a few occasions. He also participates in many of our clubs cruising events like Abbaco Race Week. Last year he volunteered his boat for our clubs Lady's Day race. He was able to relax aboard as an entire crew of lovely young women sailed his boat to 2nd place behind a fast trimaran captained by a 13 year old.

    Here is a picture of his boat participating in our local Holiday Boat parade. He held a Holiday crew party were everyone helped decorate the boat.
    2017-12-10 17.58.59.jpg

    Retiring doesn't mean downsize. It just gives you more time to sail.

    Last edited: Mar 14, 2018
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  8. DougM


    Joined Jul 24, 2005
    1,466 posts, 118 likes
    Beneteau 323
    US Manistee, MI
    Yes, but its a bugger to get that keel to fit through the T top....

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  9. gettinthere


    Joined Nov 26, 2008
    1,785 posts, 126 likes
    Endeavour 42
    US Cruisin
    I've been taking short trips single handed on my Endeavour 42. So far so good. All lines lead to the cockpit. Picking up the mooring ball has been easier than expected. The plan is to single hand from Fla to the Chesapeake this summer. Age 64.

  10. jssailem


    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    5,217 posts, 1,662 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Age is just a number.
    Go for it.

  11. dlochner


    Joined Jan 11, 2014
    1,966 posts, 657 likes
    Sabre 362
    US Fair Haven, NY
    I can still remember being 64.

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  12. Roland5048


    Joined May 12, 2004
    993 posts, 270 likes
    Hunter Cherubini 30
    US New Port Richey
    And, the best part is: she still needs me, she still feeds me. Well, she still feeds me. :)

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