First of all some general thoughts:
I do come from windsurfing and though I always considered sailing boats as kind of nice I always found them a bit slow and boring when compared to a windsurfing board. However, given the fact that I have a family now windsurfing is not so much of an option anymore.
Instead I converted to sailing when I had the opportunity to buy a used sailing boat from friends of ours (a Dyas). After two years on the Dyas (which is a great boat) I changed to a Seascape 18 (which I find to be an even greater boat).
On the Seascape I learned some of the advantages and dis-advantages of the modern wedge-like boat-shapes:
- They are fast. And they do plane! Almost like windsurfing…
- They are stable (which is nice for family sailing – however, the Seascape 18 can capsize)
- They offer a lot of space in the cockpit (again great for families)
However, as always there are also some disadvantages:
- At least with my sailing skills these boats are not as fast upwind as other comparably sporty boats
- Some people find them ugly (I don’t)
After some time on the Seascape 18 the Alster lake in Hamburg became somehow too small. Furthermore, we got a second child and we felt it was time to look for a larger boat which was also suitable for the Baltic sea and a family with small children.
In principle I considered four other boats apart from the Django 7.70:
- Pogo 8.50
Never managed to sail one – they were difficult to get hold off when I was looking for a boat. Whenever I found a used one they were / looked too old or were very far away.
- Pogo 30
For sure a dream-boat but definitely over budget.
- Saphire 27
Saw one on the Boot-Messe in Düsseldorf and somehow did not like it on first sight. Felt flimsy…
- Seascape 27
Saw it as well on the boat fair and liked it. Did sail it and it is extremely well-performing and nice to sail. But somehow it felt less solid than the Django 7.70 and most important of all: I found the seating position to be very uncomfortable – at least I personally would not like to take a longer ride on it. My wife found the cabin too small.
When I test-sailed a used Django 7.70 I decided to buy it right away. Reasons being:
- It is not as fast as the Seascape 27 but also well performing and again: It can plane!
- The interior is large enough and nice enough so that you can spend a rainy day inside (okay, not my favoured solution but it is possible)
- The boat is really stable.
- The boat feels solid – it is definitely no toy.
- Mine has CE class A.
- It is still light enough so that it is relatively easy to handle in the marina (at the time being I have limited skills in maneuvering larger boats under motor)
These are obviously my personal thought – maybe they help you in choosing your boat…
Ein Gedanke zu „On modern boat shapes and why the Django 7.70?“
Der Wahnsinn was es heute so alles gibt. Aber solange es funktioniert, warum sollte man es dann nicht machen…