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View Poll Results: What length of boat are you living on/cruising full time?
Less than 30' LOA 11 7.53%
30-35' LOA 36 24.66%
36-40' LOA 31 21.23%
40-46' LOA 43 29.45%
47-55' LOA 16 10.96%
Greater than 55' LOA 9 6.16%
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Old 07-04-2008, 18:44   #16
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Formerly a 45' mono, now a 34' cat that is actually much larger inside than the mono was. Go figure... I still can't wrap my head around it.
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Old 07-04-2008, 21:52   #17
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30 footer going on 3 years now moving onto a 30 foot cat in the next few months
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Old 07-04-2008, 22:26   #18
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It might be interesting to break this down one stage further.

Are the 40 to 46 footers primarily monohulls and the 36 to 40 footers Cats
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Old 08-04-2008, 15:42   #19
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Pacific Seacraft Crealock 34 (Raven) - three years now. Not once have I thought about needing (or wanting) anything different (or bigger).
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Old 08-04-2008, 20:19   #20
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Hmmm... let's see...

Gulf Coast 23 swingkeel
Hurley 20 full keel w/cutaway forefoot
Venture 21 swingkeel (FAST!!!!!!! believe or not)
Vivacity 21 twinkeel (a beautiful and great little boat!!)
Bristol 30 full keel (Ahh, Finally standing headroom...lost in hurricane Dennis)
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Old 08-04-2008, 23:37   #21
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I lived, as a bachelor, on a 25' Hunter (yeah stop laughing). And I lived on a 35' Coronado, also when single. Now I'm looking for something in the 40-50' range as I definitely want to have a private stateroom for me and the Mrs. Reasons being storage, and children, privacy in close quarters is worth every penny.
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Old 09-04-2008, 13:20   #22
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For most of the year, we live aboard a 62 foot (70 LOA) trawler. But, since the boat is still under construction, I would not say that we are "doing it" in style yet. After 7 years and 12000 man hours, it was time to move aboard! My wife is very good about not stepping on the tools and brushing off the sawdust when needed. Plus, we are still stowing most things in plastic tubs and hanging towels on c-clamps attached to a bulkhead.

Prior to this boat, I lived aboard several 30s and 40s footers. I sold my last house in 1993 and have never regretted the decision.

So, if you see us around, put on some work clothes and come on over!
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Old 10-04-2008, 00:23   #23
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We (my wife and I) have been living aboard our Hallberg-Rassy 40 for 2 1/2 years and the size, for us, seems perfect. We are currently in Europe and anything larger would make many harbors impossible to visit and costs increase a lot over 12 meters. We could get by with something smaller. but it is very nice to have the space.
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Old 10-04-2008, 03:00   #24
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Starting my 3rd year aboard a 32 footer. Haven't spent one night off the boat since moving aboard.
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Old 11-04-2008, 09:49   #25
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Old 12-04-2008, 01:19   #26
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I am actually living on a 42 foot Ketch, an Alpa 42' by S&S.
Have to say that more recent boats have more room for the same lenght.
Up to the later 70's (my boat is of the 1974) widths were narrower and long keel...
But still, I would not change her at all!
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Old 12-04-2008, 05:57   #27
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Our 42' catamaran has been home for us since 2004 with no complaints.
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Old 12-04-2008, 14:54   #28
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We have lived full time aboard since July 2002. Left the dock in Port Clinton, Ohio on Lake Erie to go cruising October 17, 2002.

We live aboard a wood Dickerson 41 ketch. (since this is the first one, it is the only woody, all the rest are fiberglass) A wonderful under-appreciated, under valued cruiser. With lovely lines, shoal draft, a kindly sea motion, and oodles of storage, she makes a marvelous cruising vessel.

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Old 12-04-2008, 18:13   #29
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36' now (43 overall). Was on a 32 before.

Most boats that are prebuilt have a lot of stuff you don't need. There are some areas that you wish would be bigger, and some you probably don't need. But typical mass production boats are a series of trade offs.

If I can design every square inch of a boat, I'd probably try to get down around 28' or so.
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