The Sailboat Palani

About

In 2008 I took a blow to my core indentity. I had moved past my businesses and gone back into the construction field in Southern California a couple years prior. In 2008 the bottom fell out of the all the markets, but especially the housing market. I’d never been too proud to take a job beneath me to make ends meet but for the first time in my life, I couldn’t find a job. This really made me take a hard look at my values and what I wanted out of life. In business when you need to increase your profit or cash flow there are only two areas to find it, increase sales or cut costs. The “increase sales” part for me wasn’t working out so I looked at my “costs” with a new eye to value. This started me on a path towards minimalism and self-sufficiency that took my travels to living on an island in the Pacific and later moving to a foreign country. I had ground through life lessons and came back to American society with a new, energized perspective. I took these lessons and came up with a plan, taking my ideas on minimalism and self-sufficiency and coupling them with a new found enjoyment of sailing and wanting to find all of the “off the beaten path” places this world has to offer. Pass, fail or just squeak by – this is the documentation of that adventure…

The Man

I’ve always had a connection with water and especially the ocean. The happiest places I’ve ever lived have always been within walking distance of the shore. When I began looking at minimalism and self-sufficiency, the only way I could see doing this was in a sailboat. In 2015 I went to La Paz, MX and spent a week learning how to sail. I found out then that I really loved the act of sailing. Harnessing nature’s raw power to go where I wanted, and the physics behind how that happens challenged my natural tendencies to “understand why” and “there’s got to be a better way to do this”. I’ve done a number of sails out of San Diego and a couple deliveries of sailboats on the west coast. As of 6/2016, I’m the proud owner of a Cabot 36 sailing yacht. And so it begins…

The Boat

The Palani (Hawai’ian for Free Man) is a 1978 Cabot 36. She was built in a different era. In opposition to modern day yacht design, she is a heavy displacement full keel narrow design. A full keel design means that the keel (wedge formation that sticks down into the water along the bottom of the boat) runs the full length of the boat, where modern day models have a shorter, deeper fin keel. This allows her to track very well in the open ocean and gives her stability in heavy weather. The downside is that in the tight confines of an anchorage or marina she turns much slower than a modern day sailing yacht. For my plans, this suits me just fine. Another fact of the 70’s fiberglass boat era, is the fact that the designers didn’t know all of the science to fiberglass, at that time a brand new material. So they erred on the side of “over built” and Palani is a solid “tank” of a vessel. Read the full write up on the Cabot design.

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