After working on cars and gardens and other things on land, the water started calling us. It's been something that
has always been there but after reading some books featuring boats, that fire was lit once again, with the main emphasis being
on sailing vessels.
Now here's the issue. First thing is, boats are expensive for the most part, especially sail boats. Next
thing is, when you don't have a lot of money to buy a boat, the next thing is going to obviously be to build a boat.
Now as you can probably guess, that is the route we're taking, building boats, since we do not have the kind of money to really
buy a decent sailboat, even a small one, building is going to be the the only other alternative.
Let me further
explain. While there are sailboats out there that can be bought for around the price of a fair used car, around $1k
to $3K, many of those boats are usually going to be boats that need some kind of work done to it. Also, these sailboats
are going to be relatively small, with the maximum length in this price range being around 25 feet. Also the type of
sailboats are typically monohulls. Our interest is in multihulls, ie: catamarans and trimarans.
Now, given that we like multihulls and the likelihood of finding a multihull around $2k is slim to none, with the exception
of those beach cats that are very minimalist in their construction, building a multihull is the only alternative.
Also the next thing that we look at is the idea that as the size of the boat increases, so does the cost of upkeep, storage,
and transportation. Since we're not at the point yet where we have beau coup money to pay for a slip in a harbor or
be in a position to need a large boat to cruise the open oceans, that further limits us to small boats, and in particular,
small boats that can be put on a trailer. Something that can be easily loaded up and unloaded at a launch and stored
behind the house without taking up much room, and being able to haul the boat where we want when we want without hassle are
the perks of having a small boat. You can take the boat to countless lakes and large rivers and even launch in coastal
waters and weather permitting, sail the open water to islands close by. Really most small boats have the capability
to do what larger boats do, if you have the skill to handle the waters in that craft. But really what we're looking
at is taking on local waters, not necessarily taking to coastal waters even.
So for right now, our focus will be on building small sailing vessels that will allow us to explore and let our imaginations
run wild as we sail the open waters of our local fresh waters enjoying a good day of sailing and even combining that with
overnight camping on the lake shore somewhere.
So sit back and enjoy reading about our exploits in the world of small boats!!