When people ask me, what's my kind of boat, I have to admit, my quick and easy answer is -- one with the least amount of wood that needs to be sanded and varnished. Here's my dreamboat -- The Hunter HC 50.
My wife, on the other hand loves the classics. Wood... freakin' everywhere. Hopefully, she can afford the boat of her dreams one day, and a few cabin boys to sand and varnish it. I'm pretty sure a Formosa 51 would suit her just fine.
But, I digress. Really, when I think of my kind of boat, I see at very personalized conveyance with a not so carefully planned clusterflock of "necessities" lashed to the deck. A spare outboard here, bicycles there, water cans, fuel cans, a barbecue grill, slrpnls* -- I see a happy boat that's being used.
When I'm at a marina and I see a boat that's immaculately kept up in Bristol fashion -- Uncluttered decks, brightly polished wood, chrome and stainless steel, neatly coiled lines, I don't see me in that picture....
Well, I guess there are different kinds of boaters, and boats for each taste. Nuttin' wrong with that, I s'pose.
"It's easy to grin when your ship comes
in and you've got the stock market beat.
But the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat"
"Get out of the way!"
"If anything's gonna happen, it's gonna happen out there."
So, when someone asks you, "What's your kind of boat?" What do you see? What's your dream boat, or do you already have her?
Maybe your dream boat doesn't have sails. That's okay, too....
I s'pose. As long as she makes you happy.
Whatever gives your vessel positive buoyancy.