It was about an hour before dusk, out in the Great South Channel 40 miles or so southeast of Nantucket, Mass. The sea was calm, the wind out of the northwest, the mood relaxed after a good day’s fishing. “We’d been up early, fueled up, got the baits rigged and left the dock around 3 a.m.,” says Al Redway, the boat’s owner.
Versatility — it can be an important quality to consider when you’re perusing the classifieds or the Internet, searching for that used boat. Why not go for the express sportfisherman that can handle a gang of anglers on Saturday and the family on Sunday? Or a sailboat with both speed around the buoys and the comforts of a cruiser? Or a pocket trawler you can put on a trailer?
It’s funny how your perspective can change. Allen Jacobson and his wife, Lila Daut, were dyed-in-the-wool sailors — Lake Michigan multihull cruisers and racers with a resume full of weeknight and long-distance regattas in their Corsair and Farrier trimarans. The excitement of competition, the boat-handling and navigational skills it demanded — this was the fun of sailing.
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