The 52-56 is a pretty large jump in size, the way it was explained to me is for every inch you increase the diameter on a basketball you double the volume. 56 is a monster of a boat. 52 is a good size and I believe manageable with a crew of 2. All of the lagoons I believe could be managed with 2 pretty easy, it's the storm and crisis sailing when the extra hands are needed. I signed hand mine all the time, even with the wife and son on board. But when I wake up to a dragging anchor
, sheet line broke, docking
in heavy winds or current
.... It's all hands on deck
Maintaining things and reacting to things that break are different scenarios. You pull up in a 52,56,62 or even a 440,450 you will get different prices for the same job for each boat. A ton of people bid the boat and not the job so the more you are able to do yourself the better. 53-56 is a lot of boat to maintain.
I can comfortably get 200 plus miles a day, most cats will get 1/2 winds, almost always. More supplies simply means slower boat. If you have a good water
maker, we are going for 40 gal per hour. Simple system for under 6K, saw it at the boat show
For us and planning the circumnavigation
, people tend to think of Kevin Cosner "Water World" when in fact most days out will not last longer than a few days to a week. You would only have 2 that are going to push you over 3 weeks. Those will just take provision planning.
The 45 is an awesome boat if you focus on systems and purposefull set up. We are a family
of 3 and find the 44 treats us well and I am able to maintain it myself. It's all in the set up. Welcome and congrats for taking the plunge, we always say "this doesn't suck" SV BlackSheep