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A J/105 heads out for an hour demonstration sail. 48° NORTH, SEPTEMBER 2010 PAGE 21


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Size Doesn’t Matter


A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to go out a Nordhavn 56 motorsailer for an upcoming boat review. It’s an impressive yacht and it was a pleasure to have Ed, the new owner, describe some of the intricacies of the boat; how and why things were where they were, how it all worked, and why


he’d done this and that. His enthusiasm was contagious as he hung upside down, pointing and talking about the shaft angle. When I returned to the office, a fellow named Harry was placing a classified ad for his 28’ Custom Cutter. He’d done a lot of work on her and beamed as he told stories connected with this boat. He’d had a lot of boats throughout his 80 some years, with stories to match, and the broad smile on his face told you how much he’d loved each and every one. His decades of experiences and stories have, no doubt, whiled away many an enjoyable evening in the cockpit or at the local watering hole. If you tacked two zeroes on the end of the price of the cutter, you’d be in the ballpark of what the motorsailer costs. If you listened to Ed and Harry, you’d hear no difference – two sailors talking about their boats – timeless conversations that have taken place probably since two men first floated on the water and compared why they chose this log over that. It’s a shared experience. Sometimes it’s a “misery loves company,” conversation as sailors compare notes on this breaking down, that not doing the job, and “water shouldn’t really be coming in there.” But most times, it’s shared elations as in “everything worked just as planned, if not better.” So, it’s not the size of the boat, but rather the experiences you have with her that will be talked about and lived over and over again. Now, the size of the stories – that’s something else altogether.


Discover Sailing Provides Editor


Free Sailboat Rides Once again the Discover Sailing program provided free sailboat rides at the Seattle Boat Show at Shilshole Marina last month. The rides were so popular that all the boats filled up quickly every day. The bad news is that we couldn’t get everyone out that wanted a ride. The good news is that Free Sailboat Rides will once again be offered at the Lake Union Boats Afloat Show this month, September 15-19. So, if you, or someone you know would like to sample sailing, track down the Discover Sailing/48° North booth and we’ll sign you up.


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