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Seaward vs. Catalina vs. ??

Discussion in 'Ask All Sailors' started by catalanc, Jul 10, 2018. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    4,133 posts, 2,097 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    @Kermit is absolutely correct, I will get all philosophical and,
    I couldn't disagree more. Navy and work boat boating is the most illogical reason for boating. If you aren't enjoying it, it makes no sense at all. Sure, we need those other two examples of boating life, but only because we want to continue to enjoy life. If that isn't it, if enjoying life is unreasonable, than life is unreasonable and we can all skip it and go back to being simple, unaware, electro-chemical processes in a universe that is just chaos, void, that doesn't exist. Logic should lead us to boating for pleasure because we are aware, because the universe was created out of a sense of "lila" (joy).

    - Will ("philosopher", Dragonfly)

  2. Kermit


    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    4,960 posts, 2,208 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    I knew it, I knew it, I knew it.

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  3. Jackdaw


    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    9,732 posts, 2,787 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    You guys are mind numbing.

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  4. jssailem


    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    8,063 posts, 3,305 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    @catalanc the boat should reflect where and how you want to sail. I have a great boat for my sailing area. I am no longer into racing my boat. I’ll race on other boats but my boat is for enjoyment. There are small shallow bays and the 4.8 foot keel let’s me get in and out. There are days when you want to go straight into the wind. A good engine let’s you go up the channels against the wind. Then when the wind. Blows having several sail options and reefing let’s you adapt to the experience. On Dillon I’d look at what gives you the most fun and excites you when you board her.

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  5. Crazy Dave Condon

    Crazy Dave Condon

    Joined Jun 8, 2004
    7,039 posts, 723 likes
    -na -NA
    US Anywhere USA
    The Catalina 250 came in both the wing keel and water ballast having introduced both in Annapolis for Catalina

  6. rgranger


    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    5,734 posts, 1,332 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Smith Mountain Lake
    I know it is kind of weird to quote yourself but I wanted to amend this statement. It is important to keep your boat moving under sail. Motoring into chop will make for a very uncomfortable ride. A sailboat that is sailing will slice through chop. Back in 2010, my son and I got caught out in the Albemarle sound with a steady 25 wind out of the west. That sound is shallow so the chop builds up to about 3' spaced about 4'-5' apart. VERY UNCOMFORTABLE if you are just sitting in it. Luckily for me, I had three different headsails so I hanked on the small one, took two reefs in the main and we were fine. We had a blast. Starboard rail was about 2" above the water and we sliced across the sound in no time. I also saw a Seward 22' on a parallel tack about a mile to my port. They were motoring. Their boat spent more time bobbing up and crashing down, than going forward. I really felt for those guys, .... if they would have simply hoisted the headsail, they would have had a much smoother ride.

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