Well, you know, they say it's not how big you are, it's how you use it!
I think the smallest boat to sail around the world single
handed, was a 15 footer, but someone correct me if I'm wrong. For someone who doesn't know how to sail, I think there is a lot to be said for buying
a small trailer sailor. They can be had for very little money
, because they are small, they are very responsive and will tell you very quickly you've done something wrong. When you do something wrong there is a lot less mass to really break things if you do hit something. Not that we ever hit anything when we sail!
They can be had for very little money
. Everything on the boat is smaller and that means it costs less money. Sure you can sail in the ocean. I wouldn't want to sail into a hurricane
in a 24' boat, but then I wouldn't want to sail into a hurricane
in a 100' boat either.
Small boats tend to have less draft
, so you can go up rivers and such where larger boats can't go. If you run aground, generally your so light you can get out of the boat and lift
it off or kedge off with an anchor
without a lot of effort. Did I mention small boats tend to cost much less money? That's important because you have less at risk and all that experience you don't have won't cost you all that much to get if things get really snotty and she sinks. LOL
When I was a young whipper snapper as opposed to the old geezer I am now, I sailed a 24' while I was in college. It was a great way to spend spring break and finding class mates of the opposite sex to sail with me was always a snap. The Sea of Cortez
and I became very friendly, so did some of my class mates and I, but that's another story. You can have really great times in a small boat.....well.....you can have really great times in a big boat too. Truth be told, you can have really good times in any boat.
Hope this helped.