There are several advantages in owning a small sailboat over a larger one. Generally, small sailboats are just perfect for beginners, those that are just starting to learn the basics of sailing. However, they can also be appreciated by sailing experts, especially those that love the adrenaline rush that comes with racing small dinghies. Today, the traditional material used for sailboats, which was wood, is being replaced by the popular fiberglass and composite materials. Most sailors of this modern age prefer fiberglass because it is durable, affordable and strong, which also makes them suitable for beginners
Here are a few other reasons why owning a smaller sailboat is preferable:
Travel the world for less
Many people have sailed the oceans and even sailed around the globe in small sailboats. If you are a true adventurer and have big dreams, you may be able to follow in the footsteps of some brave young teenagers like Jesse Martin and Jessica Watson, and many others, who have made their dream of sailing around the world a reality with lots of dedication and determination. In fact, there are numerous small sailboats right now that are in the middle of the seas all over the world. If you love small sailboats, choosing the perfect one can be both confusing and frustrating, especially when you have a tight budget. Luckily, there are several options available by which you can own or make use of a small sailboat. Raising funds through sponsorship to help cover costs is a popular option. Selling the rights to your story is another. Getting financial help from low interest firms may be an option and since the cost of this sailboat is manageable, you’ll be out of this debt in no time. And if you can’t own one, just crew on one!
A small sailboat is cheaper and easier to own and manage
Small sailboats are easier to operate, look after and clean. General costs are lower than for larger vessels, including all gear, maintenance and mooring fees.
One of the most prominent advantages of owning a small sailboat is the fact that minimal additional crew are required to handle the boat and for navigation while it is sailing. I know first hand the difficulties of trying to organize large crews to make sure that they turn up each time you go out sailing on bigger boats. It is a hassle that smaller sailboat owners luckily don’t have to worry about so much.
Enjoy a new sport
Owning a small sailboat gives you the opportunity to get out on the water and experience a new sport that countless people around the world already enjoy. There is a lot to learn so it does require patience, but when you are out on the beautiful waterways on a lovely afternoon, you will realize that the perseverance is well worth the effort. It is a skill that takes years to master, but unlike many other sports, you can enjoy the journey. There is so much to learn, and even the old experienced sailors can attest to still learning each time they hit the water. For beginners though, terms such as port and starboard, mainsail and jib, tacking and jibing, figure eight and bowline knots may all sound a little strange, but in no time you will be talking like a pro and, even better, actually understanding what all this jargon means.
There is a small sailboat to suit your personal circumstances
Small sailboats are now available in a variety of sizes, shapes and budgets, so you will definitely be able to find one that suits your personal circumstances. You can opt for small one-person dinghies, like a laser or sabot, up to small yachts including Endeavours and Etchells. Learn the fundamentals of sailing a smaller sailboat and try it for yourself. Remember that if you are a beginner, have someone more experienced come with you while you are learning, or even better, crew for someone else – skippers are always on the lookout for crew, so show that you are keen and you shouldn’t have too many problems getting a ride with someone. A small sailboat, generally, is simple to operate and navigate, and with a little patience and perseverance, you’ll learn the tricks in no time.