Learning Seamanship Skills on 30′ Sailboat

Hello, I was hoping to get your opinion on the S2 9.2 center cockpit…My plan is to liveaboard the boat in the Seattle and/or Portland areas, cruise the Sound, and at the maximum cruise up and down the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of North America and cross the Atlantic to Bermuda and back. All this sailing will be done “in season” – I have no intention of tackling the North Pacific in the middle of winter, for instance. My sailing skills are minimal so I don’t really want to get in over my head when it comes to waterline/size…figured the 30′ S2 with its aft stateroom and center cockpit would be a good compromise…? Thanks…

Hi There: I am not familiar with the S2 line. My suggestion re sailing and boat handling skills would be to get yourself involved in some racing, preferably in small centerboarders. One season’s racing will be worth years of messing around in the larger keel boat, in terms of learning curve. Regards – Steve

Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 30, 1999)

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