Trudeau Classic Sailing Yachts
In a previous post, I wrote about my early experiences sailing. The Tetra 35 was my entry point and based upon what was available at the time, this was an exceptional boat in which to learn. Then I found Trudeau Classic Sailing Yachts. I've sailed the Larinda, Tradewinds, J-Class and others. Each model I owned was a prized possession.
Trudeaus are elegant. Even among the smallest of their product line, there is this gentleness and elegance I've found in deeply stained and polished wood. If you want to experience the realism and allow your imagination to be teased, try sailing a Trudeau. Visually, you'll find this exquisite example of a sailboat built pre WW2, before fiberglass and plastic.
What Trudeau Classic Sailing Yachts has successfully accomplished over the years is the presentation of antique sailboats for purists and traditionalists which still work amazingly well. I suppose I am one of those in that I like old things and I want them to work. The lines flow to achieve function over form but the form isn't sexy. Instead, the form is about beauty. The comparison is between the hot sexy girl guys might find in a club versus that moment we see the love of our lives.
|Trudeau 12M, the newest design launched in 2015|
I mentioned how relatively easy it is for anyone to sail other sail boat brands in SL. They are a lot of fun and let's face it, sailing in SL is an incredible experience regardless of which boat you choose to sail. Trudeau sailboats aren't as comparatively easy to sail as other brands right out of the box. This is a feature not a negative.
If you're seeking more of a real world experience, want to be challenged and you like to use your mind, I recommend Trudeau. Now to say these boats aren't easy to sail isn't a conclusion I'm suggesting, they aren't hard to learn to sail and to sail well. You'll want to learn a little about how sailboats interact with the wind, navigation and being a skipper. Once you learn how to sail a Trudeau, they are as easy to sail as any other boat.
|Leetle Cat II, the Demo|
As a tiller controlled boat you have to reverse your thinking some. To turn left or port, you press the right arrow key to push the tiller to starboard (right), reverse the operation for a right turn or turn to starboard. Sheet angle is controlled by the up and down arrow keys. Easy right? It doesn't end there.
As the boat heels away from the wind, meaning the boat will lean as the wind pushes on the sails, if you don't move your body to the other side of the boat, it will capsize. The provided HUD controls the sailor's position. Not only do you need to use the tiller and trim the sails as you tack, you need to reposition your avatar too. Is that harder? Maybe but it is also more realistic which is good.
From my brief experience with the demo, I have to say, the Leetle Cat II put a smile on my face. Having sailed other Trudeau models, the demo will give you enough information to make an informed purchase decision. Don't worry you can't try every model as you won't be disappointed.
Choices and Options
Trudeau Classic Sailing Yachts offers a number of sailing vessels from the Leetle Cat II up to their new flagship the 12M. Pricing varies and you can purchase Inworld and from MarketPlace. Pricing ranges from L$1,500 to L$4,500, comparable to other brands.
I visit Trudeau Classic Sailing Yachts quite a bit. Mostly I go there to launch and I'm very appreciative they allow sailors a starting point and hopeful they don't change. Every time I visit, I do look around and see such beautiful boats that I would love to place in my inventory. When I'm able, I will.
Getting into a Trudeau would mean you're serious about sailing and not just having a vehicle with sails that screams in any direction you want to go. A Trudeau is for someone who appreciates the journey and accomplishment that comes from testing and growing your skills.
Give sailing a try. It is most always drama free, peaceful, sometimes challenging and always relaxing. If you do choose to sail, there are a lot of brands from which to choose. Without question, I would wholeheartedly recommend Trudeau Classic Sailing Yachts.