Originally Posted by denverd0n
BINGO! Here's the issue in a nutshell.
I would make only a slight modification. Instead of asking, what's the biggest boat you can maintain? My suggestion would be to ask, what's the SMALLEST boat that will serve my needs? That smaller boat is going to be less expensive to buy in the first place, and easier and less expensive to maintain over the long run.
Totally. I bought my first boat last spring a 26. Right away people were talking about how i would want to buy a bigger boatin a few years or my gf talking about how getting a bigger one later might be nice. Saying is, go up in no less that 8' increments or whatever.
But i have a different idea. My goal is to keep my boat as long as possible, if not for the rest of my life. Screw upgrading and swapping boats.
- i bought the boat used and in very good condition from a prev owner who knew his boats and looked after it well. Things are going to go wrong and im going to have to learn how to fix them
- i am learning
how to sail and like anything, its hard to learn fast when you keep switching the platform hardware
. Not unlike learning
cars and switching make, model, and type while still trying to get the feel for drifting
- the boat is good and solid. A 72 col 26 mk 2 is built like a tank with 2" fibrglass at bottom and no less than 3/4" anywhere else. Sucker, if it breaks, can be fixed.
- people have done blue water
in the boat. I wouldnt chance it with my experience level, the gus accounts ive read they are uber experienced, but if they can handle it and survive then this boat can go as far as im ready to go
- older is simpler. Im great with technology, im a network engineer
, but i dont need any special training to operate the electrical
because the highest tech stuff aboard ive probably installed myself
- as said by many here - sail area is exponentially proportional to the cost of sail maintenance
. And load and risk when winds get nutty
- crew, my boat is set up for single
handing, even though im not ready to take her out alone yet. Ive had issues just getting one other experienced enoug crew member
at times, more would be harder. Its easy to get people to go boating
, but babysitting schmucks wanting to run the deck
at 50 degree heel because they overdid the winches on a close haul is more work than fun keeping them from getting their shirts wet
- 5 foot itus isnt that much worse than 8 foot itus. Aboard cruising for hours that extra 10 foot of length doesnt give you much more privacy from the kid, woman, or other crew anyway, your all " in the same boat " no matter what.
So smaller is better, and in many cases older is better, if your looking to save money
. Bigger is more braggable and you can fit more stuff on it, but braggability and extra space comes at a cost, whether its mandatory (maintenance) or optional (that gidget would go real well in that empty space)