To the hardcore cat sailors/racers, I apologize. Hit the "ignore" key.
For everyone else, I apologize for the length.
First post for me. Why? I don't own a cat, and haven't sailed since I was a teen (30 yrs ago) when I crewed a few times for a buddy who raced. Hell, i didn't even know what he was telling me to do (I don't speak Sailing), I just worked a sail and added ballast for hiking out (my strong suit - good ballast
I'm starting to think about buying a cat. Nope, never even been on one. Maybe my thinking is because of that Toyota commercial with the guy who has a case of "Adrenalitis."
So why the post? Sort of a dipstick for testing my sanity. I'm hoping you can help me either return to "normal," or fully embrace my disorder.
What do I need to know up front as I contemplate spending some of my kids' inheritance on a Hobie Cat?
I am thinking about a Wave as my virgin vessel. Reasons: Easy to assemble on the beach, inexpensive, I can sail/assemble alone (after my divorce when I tell the wife
). Any differing opinions?
I would need a trailer.
My list of stuff I would need includes:
- A boat - one I can sail alone, but also carry a couple others
- Trailer (and a hitch on the car)
- Life vests (I'll buy one for my son, but I'll rent one for my wife - she doesn't know what I'm thinking, and may explode when she finds out)
- Learn to sail
What else do I need and/or need to know?
Any one else been on the edge of the cliff and debated whether to plunge?
Should I drop this stupid talk, have another beer, and fake excitement over new golf clubs?
I'm from around Syracuse (yep, there's a dealer), so I have about 6 or 8 months to think about it.
C'mon folks, send me back to society with my tail between my legs
convince me to join you in flying a hull.