Poor Karen has to put up with me constantly asking if she likes this or that boat... I almost wish she was suffering from the same illness. For a while I thought I was alone with this syndrome, but I heard some friends are also suffering the same malady, it must be going around. They have even found a name for the sickness, the dreaded 6 foot-itis.
Of course Mike and Larissa deserved to get it, spending years living on a 34 footer with two kids is bound to bring on such an nasty affliction, but me.. What did I do to deserve it?
Anyway look on the bright side, it could be worse, it could be 10 foot-itis or even 20 foot-itis.
So yes it is official, I am looking at other boats, nothing to serious yet, it's a big leap. But I always saw Snow Petrel as more of an interim boat, at some point I need to get serious about things and make the plunge. Boats being so cheap at the moment is certainly a factor. I just have to make sure 6 foot-itis doesn't develop (as it so often can) into that most fatal of diseases, the dreaded Dreamboat-itis that will leave me crippled, my back broken forever under a mountain of debt.
I have looked at catamarans, old racing boats, even older rusty cruising boats. My wish list is as follows :
- Fast and easy to handle
- Shoal draft
- Low maintenance
- Good light airs performance
- Roomy and comfortable at sea and in port
I am guessing I will be looking for a while, but if you hear of such a boat please let me know right away.