posted on Jun, 10 2013 @ 05:51 PM
West Wight Potter is a well known great boat. Not my cup of tea, but every boat is a compromise, it depends what you want to do with it. Me, I will
sacrifice all comfort for speed. This is called a pocket cruiser, meaning it is tiny, therefore fairly cheap, yet you could go anywhere in it, across
the ocean, even around the world, if you were so inclined.
The pros of the pocket cruiser: Small, therefore inexpensive. The bigger a boat gets, the more every single piece of it costs, so it goes up
exponentially. You can trailer it, thereby expanding your cruising range, and reducing dockage and maintenance if you keep it in your driveway.
Swing keel gives you shoal draft so you can explore lots of little coves where other boats fear to tread.
Very well fitted out. It's pretty neat to be completely self sufficient in such a small boat. You could even live aboard. AND, since we're on ATS,
it's an excellent SHTF plan. No need for a "bugout bag" when it's already on the boat.
Cons of the pocket cruiser: Small, therefore small. Very short waterline in a keelboat means SLOW. You will get anywhere you want eventually, but
it will take a LONG time. Hull speed (maximum potential without surfing down waves) of under five knots, meaning you will cruise around at two or
three knots usually, unless you are in a really windy area like SF. These boats are originally British so made with the North Sea in mind, where
there tends to be too much wind rather than not enough. If you don't have the need for speed you won't go nuts, or you will learn patience. It is
While it has everything you need, galley, head, berths, it's shoehorned in there. Difficult to cram enough supplies for real long distance cruises,
especially water, though people have done it. Can't really take more than four people on her, or two for the weekend. You will bang heads and
elbows a lot. Great for weekends with the wife or girlfriend, as long as they are fairly ok with camping rather than luxury yachting.
Swing keel gets you up into the skinny water, but isn't really what you want when the waves get BIG. Not really the unit for ocean crossing, or
fleeing the collapse of civilization, though if that happens, it will be a lot better than trying to evacuate a big city and head for the hills in a
4x4, which is most people's plan. Those that even have a plan, that is. For the size of it it is actually built like a tank. I would still take
this thing across the ocean at the drop of a hat if I HAD to. The boat can usually take more than the crew can when it gets really horrendous. All
in all it's a great boat, which is why they are popular.
Again, it depends what you like and what you want to do with it. Me, I'm partial to catamarans, because I've got the need for speed. I'll take
speed over comfort every time. Ninety percent of boat owners do not agree with me.
Actually, a good rule for boats is: There are three criterion. You can have high performance, great luxury, or low cost, but you can only have two
out of three. Works for powerboats too.