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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 06-04-2008, 22:39   #1
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What size boat are you living or cruising full time on?

I've read through and seen a lot of great discussion on these boards regarding pro's, cons, and setups for boats for shorthanding, for families, cost vs. size, etc --- which are all great discussions.

But, my question is, for people who are living full time on their boats OR cruising for multiple months, what size is your boat now? Curious because I have read in several places that cruisers "used to" be in the 30-something foot range, and now more often are in the 40+ OR are in multi's.

Interested in how that relates to the poll of "why not left yet" where it looks like "money" and "other" lead the responses.


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Old 07-04-2008, 04:50   #2
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..I am living on a 38 foot CC in a paddock but I am sure thats not what you where asking !! I was going to live on a 30 footer but a bit hard going ( due to the instability of the boat). It is a very interesting question. If you have got used to small trailer sailors, 30 foot is big, however if you started at 30 then 38 seems big.......I guess it comes down to expectations, how many people on board, the make up of male to female, and the social skills of those people. .....and money.

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Old 07-04-2008, 04:57   #3
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I did not answer the poll because I am not living aboard yet. Plan to be by the end of the summer and it is a 40 footer.

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Old 07-04-2008, 05:25   #4
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Old 07-04-2008, 05:29   #5
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Old 07-04-2008, 08:35   #6
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Old 07-04-2008, 08:59   #7
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We live/cruise on a Beneteau First 42, been here for 4 years and loving every minute of it. When we were looking ( for over 6 years) for that perfect boat, it was the First 38 that we had set our minds on but we found this 42 in fresh water and fell in love with it... I personally felt that as I get older, anything larger than 42 would be more than I could handle. with spending most of the time at anchor or tyed to a dock, the wide beam gives us a large living space.. And on the go, she's one of the fastest on the water.. very stable, and very forgiving.
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Old 07-04-2008, 09:01   #8
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Hubby, teenage daughter, two dogs and myself live on our 62 LOA sailboat. This is our second year aboard and love it.
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Old 07-04-2008, 09:03   #9
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I am Living/ Cruising on a Jeanneau 38 Ketch CC.
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Old 07-04-2008, 09:32   #10
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We are living on a 58 ft Taswell AS and have been for the last 4 years. We spend ~6 months in the Chesapeake and ~ 6 months in the Caribbean.
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Old 07-04-2008, 10:21   #11
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Hi Winds :

We have a Beneteau 361 & love it for a couple of weeks knocking around the Great Lakes in the summer (even 5wks, as we once did...) however, as we are planning for the "full timing" retirement cruise (Great Lakes, East Coast, Florida, Bahamas...) routine in a few years...

We're planning on moving up to a Beneteau 423 in a few years...because "I'm" planning on keeping the possibility of a mutiny as small as possible.
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Old 07-04-2008, 11:22   #12
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Lived aboard my Endeavour 43 for 8 years. Head room and storage capacity were of concern for me as a live aboard and sometimes cruiser.
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Old 07-04-2008, 13:22   #13
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Even though I'm not living aboard and cruising now. When I was living aboard and cruising I had a Mariner 35 ketch that was just the right size for me alone and I think would be good for a couple.
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Old 07-04-2008, 13:22   #14
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Living for 12 years on a 46 foot ketch. Very comfortable, lots of storage space, good size tanks, split rig, easy to handle by a couple.
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Jill and I moved aboard our Nor'Sea 27 in early November 1996. That was in the San Francisco bay area.

We are now in La Paz, Baja, Mexico and may soon be moving on to the mainland, then south from there.

At least once each year we talk over the idea of a bigger boat. So far, we are sticking with our Nor'Sea. You can see info about our cruising preparations, and our cruising, on our web site.

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