Originally Posted by MarkJ
is so funny
. You set it to say that anything above 60 feet is big.
Many would say 60 feet is small! Maybe not so many on this forum, but certainly 60 feet is not big.
I have sailed long range on 2 68 footers and a 65 footer and think those for a coupple are bordering on big. But its not till over 70 foot that really needs a crew to help clean is a boat 'big'.
And if you drop into Palma de Mallorca anything under 100 feet is tiny
Someone here said that the boat seems to shrink when you get out of sight of land. I would say rather -- out of sight of a dock
I spent a couple of weeks on a Swan 90 -- there were three sailors aboard (the owner -- a very good sailor, the professional captain
, and me) and a number of guests. Only one professional. It was absolutely no problem to run the boat like that. Sailing and steering
and navigating and so forth is not any more work load than sailing my 54 foot boat or my former 36 foot boat.
What concerns docking
-- once the boat is too big to fend off or manhandle around to correct small errors in boat handling, it hardly makes any difference whether it's 50 feet or 90 feet. You don't need more people -- you need a bowthruster and skill.
The biggest problem with really big boats like that is, besides obviously eyeball-bursting expense, is the complexity of systems -- keeping them working. That's why one professional crewman is nice on a boat like that -- he's fixing and maintaining things while everyone else is snorkeling or going on shore.
On my boat, that guy is me -- fixing the latest repair items or running around trying to buy parts
, while everyone else has a blast on shore
Otherwise, a big boat is all good in my book. I wish I could afford a 65 foot Oyster