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Old 07-09-2005, 04:25 AM   #1
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I am writing a novel. A small part of the book (approx 15 pages) is about sailing. I have very little knowledge about sailing. One of the main characters is a fugitive (embezzler) who is an expert on sailing. My questions are: What is the biggest sailboat he could sail alone. What kind & make would he purchase. Assume he has unlimited funds to purchase a boat. What extras would he want (electronics & navigation aids, etc). Which coast would be the ideal ocean to sail on year round.

These are just some of the questions I need to have answered.


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Old 07-09-2005, 11:34 AM   #2
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Greetings Dan,

Can I suggest you go to a local yacht club, find a regular sailor, most likely one who owns their own boat and buy him/her a few drinks to lubricate the conversation and then put the scenarios to them, because depending on what you want your character to achieve and the situations you wish to put them in, ie best hiding places, surviving storms, entry/exit processes out of foreign ports, it will determine their choice of boat eg if you wish to avoid radar, don't choose steel, if you wish to go fast or go in close to shore choose catamaran/trimaran. So many variables!!!!


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