I have spent the majority of my time sailing on sunfish boats and really enjoy it. They are small and relatively easy to sail. We used to actually enjoy capsizing them and scrambling to turn the boat back over, which is probably not the best idea, but we were young and probably dumb. I don't recommend doing this so please don't come to me when you capsize your boat on purpose and it sinks to the bottom. Lasers are on the top of my list too. I also enjoyed the Flying Scot sailboats we used to take out. They are bigger and a completely different experience. The sunfish is less stressful in my opinion.
What do you like to sail?
A 30-33 footer would be ideal for mixed racing and cruising. I like 33 feet because the Annapolis-Bermuda race has a 32-foot minimum length, though I suspect that ride 33 footer would be painful.
Yeah lasers are definitely a good time. I'd love to get out there again on one of those. I haven't been sailing in years because I just haven't had the time.
A 33 footer sounds awesome! Have you done the Annapolis-Bermuda race before? How long would that take and how many people are on the boat for that? Sounds like an amazing experience.
My family used to have a Hobie Cat and I grew up sailing on that for the most part. It's definitely fun. You can get some good speed going on these boats. The sails can be bigger then boats of a similar size since the base is larger. I would recommend these. I've also sailed sunfish and lasers....been on some larger boats, but was never in charge of sailing them.
I sailed the Annapolis-Bermuda race waaaay bak in 1986. It was awesome. I was on a 37 footer and we came in third in class, sixth overall. The race took 5 days. The bigger boats are getting done now in 3-4 depending on the wind.
That's awesome. I have a friend that lives on a 35 footer and it is such an amazing lifestyle. I haven't been on it for more than a couple days, but he really enjoys it. Some people are just born to live on the water. Your racing experience sounds awesome. I always wished I had gotten into racing competitively. Must be so fun.
Yeah, racing is great. I like all types of sailing, but you just can't get the rush that you feel when you are doing everything right and you start to pass other boats anywhere else.