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Buying A Race Boat For Cruising? (full tour)

We have never considered a race boat as a cruising boat…but now we are!

Let me explain.

We always assumed race boats required expertise.  That there would be a certain amount of intensity involved reserved for only serious sailors. Not for the cruisy sailor who just loves travel and being out on the water.  We were sorely mistaken.

Sure, there are all kinds of sailboats floating about the world for all different types of sailors and all sorts of sailing environments.  And just because a boat was built with one thing in mind, doesn’t mean it’s limited to that one thing.

And that’s what our new friends Paul, Sharon, and Georgie showed us.  A race boat can also be a rad family cruising boat.  Which is also what they are learning.  Because it’s a brand spanking new world to them too!

It’s always exciting to step aboard a new boat, take note of the differences, the similarities, and the completely unknown.  But stepping off Curiosity and onto Slime wasn’t exactly going from one cat to another.  It was more like going from a mini-van to Ferrari.  This is entering a whole new world of sailing.


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Hello there! I honestly don’t know what to say, so I am going to tell you a bunch of random facts instead. I'm a fish eating vegetarian who hates spiders and loves snakes. I almost never took vacations growing up. I wanted to be Pippi Longstocking (still do). I misspell about every other word I write and still struggle with grammar. I love splurging on a good high tea (which is really hard to find these days). And whatever you do, don’t tell me I can’t do something, because then I'll HAVE to do it!

Comments (28)

  • Justin

    Cats have oodles of room. I love boats

  • Ann

    So the racing cat isn’t really meant to live on, lol g term, right? No inside … “cockpit”, tight living quarters. Dont recall seeing anything kitchen-like. Or am I wrong, and it actually is a livable, long haul vessel? It looks fun as he!! 😊

  • Marshall Orr

    That’s a cool boat! Also a fun video! You helped inspire us as well, and we are now sailing around Hawaii! Aloha guys!

  • Sharon

    that was an amazing ride, but I couldn’t help thinking about that rainy stormy passage you did- then not so good/

  • Roger Cox

    Very exciting experience to see the things a very light weight boat can do. It is compromised in heavy seas because the ride is much bouncier. So not all the speed is available. Of course, depending on the people on board.

  • Alan Solomon

    I had some difficulty typing my comment Sunday evening. Thats never happened before. Not sure if it was me or not?

  • Alan Solomon

    Thank you so much for today’s video. I know nothing about racing catamarans other than they are fast.
    It would be quite exciting travelling at excessive speed across open ocean waters.
    The inside quarters look a bit cramped, but my guess is one can expect that on a vessel such as this.

    You inspire so many people its s nice to see the fruits of your labor. These people went all out.

  • Sailorlady

    Wow! Thank you so much. We are outfitting a boat and have struggled with the type of dishes to get (not fond of plastic ware) but did not want things to get broken underway. We will try this idea of the silicone. Thank you!

  • Ed Grant

    Outstanding performance from such a light weight boat! The accommodations seem a bit tight for three, but with only the two of you it might work. I’m afraid that you would feel uneasy on a long passage, no matter how fast you were going. Such a fun couple and great daughter too! So great to meet with folks out there that share your dreams of travel at sea. I often wonder what kind of profession folks must have in order to afford a lifestyle like that. That beautiful cat must have cost a bundle!
    Finally kids, you ARE an inspiration to the world and these folks were kind of enough to tell us that! Don’t discount your selves on what your site has done over these past several years. Seeing you two getting along so well and sharing all of what it takes to live the way you do is indeed inspiring. I must relate a saying I heard many years ago about relationships. Ask yourselves this question: Would you rather be Right OR Happy?

  • Steve Tannenbaum

    Any way to have an auto pilot on that machine?

  • Dan S Brown

    Thank you guys for another very exciting video! I think Paul and Sharon are going at sailing the best way because when you get that right you can move to a larger vessel like Curiosity and be much safer on those first days. On Slime, Paul and Sharon will learn how to work as a team and Georgy will be watching and learning as well. Team work for sailors is crucial, and if they are not a team, well you cartwheel as we did one day when I took my partner out sailing on my 17 foot Fireball. The wind was rising and I asked her to please stop locking the sheet she was managing. She argued and while I tried to explain why you don’t lock the sheet in high winds or gusts, we cartwheeled. We weren’t hurt and the flip damaged the boom vang but we got to a beach and righted the boat and sailed home.

  • Norman Cook

    NIKI: I HAVE SAILED high preformance cats all my life and As I have previously stated at one time owned the Largest Sailloft catering to multihull / full roach Needs as well as
    Trampolines and canvas work. As such I retired and sold off my physical waterfront LOFT , BUSINESS, CONTRACTS as well as my Marine hardware Manufacturing firm again with factory and tooling & Patents. I HAVE A JUNTICE EYE for the assembly of such….inparticular I noticed the jib Hanks on ‘Slime ‘ when it was being clipped on, but the focus and proximity was not on the hanks but for a nano second.
    Is it possible you have a still detailed shot or could retrieve
    the information on the maler and how to resource same?
    Norman Cook. NARRAGANSETT Bay RHODE island?

  • Mary Van

    That was a great save he made with his daughter’s cap as he was thrown down to his seat.

    Beautiful boat. Good for them for taking on the challenge!

    Great video!

  • Lisa

    SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!

  • Michael

    I would assume that the trade-off in creature comforts versus speed would require bigger boats with more sails to compensate. And I know you appreciate the ability to be “indoors” during bad weather; I know I would. Curiosity looks pretty darn good to me!

    The cost of carbon fiber, huge sails, and all the other accoutrements must be staggering.

    It would have been nice to see the speed with the spinnaker out though. Let’s see now; I guess the next step is foils. Can you imagine going to your next destination at 70 mph?

    A real great comparison example. Thanks for another great one.

  • Jeff

    The two of you are definitely inspiring! Bought our cat Sept 2021 in La Paz, Mex… shakedown sail… 2500nm down coast of Central America and thru the Panama Canal arriving on Christmas Eve. Thanks for the years of encouragement!

  • John

    It’s a good thing that racing boats go fast because the ‘living quarters’ are, in a word, cramped. I suppose that’s why there are so few real racing boats used as full time live aboard cruisers.

    It would take only a few days at sea to start thinking about all the legroom and creature comforts (like a big fridge, bar, coffee implements, dry head, etc) that you give up to gain speed.

    But cutting waves in a fast boat is certainly a fun way to spend a day.

  • Laura

    Loved this video and the out takes! So glad you cleared up the whipped cream as I was wondering, for sure. And, I do appreciate your sharing this view into a different world of sailing. I can’t, however, imagine a multi day cruise in bad weather as being outside to steer and having to have two people to do it seems Uber challenging! Cool boat, spectacular people. Thanks!

  • Lori L Ruhge

    Hi Niki, we love you and Jason…. AN Aha! moment, I think is in your video. I have to wait to watch it because we’re at work. BUT…. I just want to comment, that we are sailors of many years, beginning with racing an O’Day DaySailor 19′ from which we jumped to the Corsair F-27 trimaran, as we wanted speed, and spent our summer vacation in 1993 doing race week in the Abaco’s Islands. Now we own the Dragonfly 1200, SV TRIBIZA the sleek trimaran from Quorning of Denmark. We want to create a channel, but at the moment we are gathering up some cash for our next adventure. I have to say an emphatic YES! to the racer/cruiser. Who wants to go slow when they can go FAST?

  • SailorLady

    We see your tea cups and saucers in the beginning of the video. They look really fragile / breakable. Are they? And if so, how do you keep them from breaking?


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