Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 06-03-2015, 09:42   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: MO
Boat: 1998 27' Rinker
Posts: 19
Planning Ahead

Hi everybody, new to the site and first time poster. I'm currently landlocked in Missouri but planning to move to Florida in the next 5 years. We are wanting to live on a boat and do small voyages, (The Keys, and the Caribbean Islands.) My question is what size of boat will I need to safely sail these waters? Would a 35ft. be good or do I need to look into something bigger? Thank You very much I really enjoy reading everybody's posts.
__________________

__________________
Robbie430 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2015, 10:04   #2
Senior Cruiser
 
Cheechako's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Skagit City, WA
Posts: 19,340
Re: Planning Ahead

A 35 should be great for a couple. A good size to handle readily. All the way to Trinidad is only "overnighters" at the longest.
__________________

__________________
"I spent most of my money on Booze, Broads and Boats. The rest I wasted" - Elmore Leonard











Cheechako is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2015, 10:06   #3
Registered User

Join Date: May 2008
Location: daytona beach florida
Boat: csy 37
Posts: 2,844
Images: 1
Re: Planning Ahead

35 feet will do just fine for two people. Perfect for Florida and the Bahamas. We do it in a 37 footer and sometimes I wish it were a bit smaller.
__________________
Take two at low eight
onestepcsy37 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2015, 10:47   #4
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: MO
Boat: 1998 27' Rinker
Posts: 19
Re: Planning Ahead

Thank you for your input. We currently have a 27ft. on Table Rock Lake and I can't wait till we can sell everything and move!

Sent from my SM-G900T using Cruisers Sailing Forum mobile app
__________________
Robbie430 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2015, 11:29   #5
Registered User
 
pillum's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: In Aberdeen, Scotland, but retiring to Spain.
Boat: Westerly W-35 (Latterly sold as Conway 36 Aft Cockpit)
Posts: 509
Images: 28
Re: Planning Ahead

IMO 35ft is an ideal cruising size, the bigger you get the more expensive it will get, both to buy to handle, and to maintain.
__________________
Sweet are the uses of adversity.
pillum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2015, 05:39   #6
Moderator Emeritus
 
GordMay's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario - 48-29N x 89-20W
Boat: (Cruiser Living On Dirt)
Posts: 31,573
Images: 240
Re: Planning Ahead

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Robbie.
__________________
Gord May
"If you didn't have the time or money to do it right in the first place, when will you get the time/$ to fix it?"



GordMay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2015, 16:44   #7
Registered User
 
Amapola's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Florida
Boat: Matlack, Trawler, 48 ft
Posts: 809
Re: Planning Ahead

Welcome & greetings from SW Florida. A 35' would be fine cruising Florida & the Caribbean. We've seen smaller on our cruises. It all depends on comfort and affordability.
__________________
The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
—Jacques Yves Costeau
Amapola is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2015, 22:08   #8
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: MO
Boat: 1998 27' Rinker
Posts: 19
Re: Planning Ahead

Thank you everybody. I'm sure I'll have lots more questions!

Sent from my SM-G900T using Cruisers Sailing Forum mobile app
__________________
Robbie430 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-03-2015, 22:24   #9
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 1
Re: Planning Ahead

Quote:
Originally Posted by Robbie430 View Post
Hi everybody, new to the site and first time poster. I'm currently landlocked in Missouri but planning to move to Florida in the next 5 years. We are wanting to live on a boat and do small voyages, (The Keys, and the Caribbean Islands.) My question is what size of boat will I need to safely sail these waters? Would a 35ft. be good or do I need to look into something bigger? Thank You very much I really enjoy reading everybody's posts.
We are planning a similar move. Love to hear others experiences in moving from normal life to live aboard!
__________________
NHcruiser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23-03-2015, 10:45   #10
Senior Cruiser
 
Cheechako's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Skagit City, WA
Posts: 19,340
Re: Planning Ahead

One thought, keep in mind that a lot of your time will be in the cockpit... even at anchor. Some things that are a plus for the Caribe:
1) Comfortable cockpit seating, and good size cockpit.
2) A design that works well with a Dodger and Bimini.. watch for boom and winch handle clearance etc.
3) Dingy stowage; davits, or room on the foredeck for the size dingy you need etc.
4) Less importantly , a swim step or stern exit is nice for snorkeling etc.
__________________
"I spent most of my money on Booze, Broads and Boats. The rest I wasted" - Elmore Leonard











Cheechako is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 28-03-2015, 19:43   #11
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 16
Re: Planning Ahead

Have a 46' Cockpit Motor Yacht. Good size. Twin diesels. I can handle myself. Good space, two cabins and a decent galley. 1 and a half full heads. Even has a tub. Really a condo on water. Good access to the water via cockpit. Lived on it for two years. Haven't regretted it a bit.


Sent from my iPad using Cruisers Sailing Forum
__________________
Chris in destin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-03-2015, 05:56   #12
Moderator Emeritus
 
GordMay's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario - 48-29N x 89-20W
Boat: (Cruiser Living On Dirt)
Posts: 31,573
Images: 240
Re: Planning Ahead

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, NHcruiser.
__________________
Gord May
"If you didn't have the time or money to do it right in the first place, when will you get the time/$ to fix it?"



GordMay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31-03-2015, 10:46   #13
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: MO
Boat: 1998 27' Rinker
Posts: 19
Re: Planning Ahead

Thank you everybody!

Sent from my SM-G900T using Cruisers Sailing Forum mobile app
__________________

__________________
Robbie430 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
head

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Planning Ahead Eeyore0072 Liveaboard's Forum 54 26-04-2013 16:03
Challenge: Ship, Out of the Fog, Dead Ahead ... Now What? SvenG Challenges 15 30-10-2009 17:32
Planning Ahead vera libertas General Sailing Forum 4 29-05-2008 23:37



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:42.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.