Turtle, my Pacific Seacraft25, has (before my time) been half way around the world, California
and the western Pacific, Japan
, Sea of Cortez
, Caribean. She is very small inside and does not have standing head
I will butcher this quote I'm sure. "I only do 3 things below deck
: prepare meals
, sleep, and use the head
, none of which I wish to do standing up".
Head room although very nice should not rule
out an otherwise acceptable design.
My vee berth is too short for anyone longer than me 5'8" because I moved the chainlocker bulkhead back 6". The 1/4 berth will sleep the giants.
I built a 28gal water
tank. I have a wind generator
, an 85watt solar
panel, and 2 160ah batteries(plus a starting battery) so I never have to hook up to shore power
. I also have a water
maker, hand operated, at a gallon an hour for emergency
use. A propane
stove(no oven), propane grill
, Engel fridge/freezer, sink, propane hot water in the cockpit(portable shower) GPS
, stereo with Ipod(I scrapped the CDs), head(portapot), all the comforts of home. Just no A/C, dance floor in the salon
or enclosed shower
. If your lady is shy, well it won't work I know.
can be removed in less than an hour by myself and hoisted with the boom as a crane and could if required be fixed in the cockpit(God forbid). Since I just rebuilt it I should not have to have it out again anytime soon.(I pray)
I can(and have)raise and lower the mast
by my self with a boom vang
and an "A" frame. I've lowered it on the water at a marina once with an extra set of hands, several time both ways(up/down) by myself on shore.
I guess the point of all this is a boat "YOU"(not the bank) own is the "right" boat. Size WILL cost you much more than just a bit more, try at least twice as much.
Are small boats tough enough? Mine is.
She survived a major grounding and pounding due to hurricane
She was holed in 3 places and had a sheet winch
ripped thru the coaming for hole #3. All of the interior
woodwork was pushed away from the hull
when the rubstrake was eaten by the boat pounding into the dock
for several hours.
She took on no water other than rain and the engine
started when I tried it.
I stood her up using 2 anchors and 2 comealongs. I blocked her up and repaired her were she was, 50ft from shore in a marsh(in a poison oak patch, but I digress).
When I had all the major work done I and about a dozen of my stronger friends lay her over on a skid and muscled her back to the water. She is home here in the yard now for the cosmetic work and the afore mentioned engine rebuild
Total cost including the engine rebuild
for power and 4 comealongs, all the epoxy
, and beer
, about $3500.
The cost to move one large boat by crane $253 PER FOOT.
I realize this is a one off specific case but small boats have gone and I'm sure will continue to go anywhere big boats go and lots of other places they can't due to draft
height issues. The view is the same from my cockpit
as from the big boat and mine is paid for.
Is there a trade
off? Absolutely, but if you're young(I'm 50 and fat) and don't mind a bit of discomfort in exchange for a lot of adventure I highly suggest a smaller boat.......m