Snipe

Since the bareboat charter to the San Juan and Gulf Islands several years ago, I have not been in a boat or on the water until last year. A friend was moving away and could not take his Snipe sailboat and trailer with him. Boats are not titled in Colorado and California, to where he is moving, requires boats to have titles. So he sold the boat and trailer to me for $400. It came with 4 jibs, 2 mains, 2 masts and 2 booms. We took it out on a checkout sail. While the snipe has some standard rigging for jib and mainsail, there are a lot of performance tweaks for which I was not familiar. These included the whisker pole for extending the jib when sailing off the wind, adjustments to the mast to move it forward or backward, and a downhaul for the jib that tightens or loosens the luff of the jib. On top of that, the cockpit is very busy and not much room. One has to sit on the deck, which I found to be very uncomfortable. On the plus side the boat sailed very well.

After bringinG the boat home, I attempted to rig the boat myself which I was somewhat uncertain of. I put it away for the winter. This spring after thinking about this boat and how it would be to introduce it to my spouse who is not a sailor (she was on the trip to the northwest however). I realized that this boat would be much to complicated for her and with my discomfort in attempting to get a comfortable sitting position when sailing, I decided to sell it. It sold in less than a week and I made a bit of money on it (prices for everything have gone up. I put the money away with the intention of getting another boat, preferably a keel boat.

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