Ok, so it wasn’t really an accident. In fact there have been plans for a second boat for a while. We took our time deciding on what kind of boat to get and weighed our options ranging from a Hobie 16 up to a Catalina 22. For the time being we are limited to trailer sailing, and that alone became a key part in the boat we could get. After weighing our options we decided on an O’Day Daysailer, a 17 footer with a centerboard and a cuddy cabin. A large part of our decision to go with the Daysailer is its popularity and the fact that it is still being produced here in Massachusetts. Our particular DS I has been christened Spy Hop.
The version we have is an older DS I built by O’Day before they went out of business. Today the Daysailer is built by Cape Cod Shipbuilding, not by O’Day. Despite her age Spy Hop seems to be well cared for and is in rather good condition for an older boat. Though having said that I am sure I will have my fair share of problems with this new boat, like with any boat.
Future problems aside, l’m having a lot of fun with the new boat. The Daysailer is different enough from other boats I’ve sailed that it is a nice challenge to figure out the rigging. But, a big thrill at this point is the sound of raising the main sail. Spy Hop has the same type of clatter when raising the sails as the Catalina that I learned to sail on. Hearing that sound took me back to the summers in middle school when my Grandpa taught me how to sail. That alone is pretty special to me, and something of a dream come true.