I started sailing on Aqua Cats on the SC coast maybe 20 yrs ago.
Just messing around.
In the past decade I made a few wooden boats for playing in local ponds/lakes. I developed a serious allergy to wood and/or curing agents which actually put me in the hospital and precluded me from finished my last sailing dinghy. I have always kept my eye on cats, wanting to get one at some point. Could one car top a Bravo 1000 mi if carefully packed on a Honda Odyssey?
To make a long story short I took this boat out on Thursday, and just from riding in it an hour, my arms and legs are covered in a rash (again)! UGH, these wood boats must go, which brings me here. I have discussed this with a few other boat builders, and although rare, some people develop a sensitivity to the curing agents in boat epoxy - evidently I am one of them.
I live in Charlotte, NC, but am looking for a car-topable small sailboat to take to the NC/SC coast, as well as my annual trip to York Maine to visit family. Would love to sail local lakes as well, if it would be up to the task.
Looking at the Zuma or the Hobie Bravo. Simplicity, and ability to car top are the keys, cost really is not. I really do not want to deal with a trailer. Crew would be captain and two small children or two adults at most. Many times solo.