Originally Posted by defjef
Andrew makes the most salient point re prudence at sea and the size decision as it relates to life/safety issues. When things get bad and a small crew is on a large yacht they WILL BE overwhelmed.. no ifs ands or buts. This may be the rare situation... may never occur, but when it happens and there will be no happy endings.
So the question becomes how much extra space, and all the risks and costs which come with it are required or how much is a sort of indulgence and creature comforts (benefits)? No one is recommending getting a smaller yacht because it is more manageable when the sh*t hits the fan. The concept
here is to get what you can deal with in the worst conditions AND can accommodate your (creature comforts) needs.
I don't see why a single
couple engaged in normal (whatever that means) cruising can't be accommodated by a yacht less in the 42' range.
Bigger boats are a luxury, not a necessity unless you have crew or family. No?
Detjef, your valid comments prompted memories of people I have known who have had bigger vessels and found them very satisfactory and eminently manageable. Some had some other rationale in selecting their boats other than as just a cruiser for a couple but some found themselves in happy accidents like remarriages, opportune business etc
A merchant seaman who lived on alone board when not at sea. Eventually married a lovely young woman and had two children
- all lived happily on board his 55' gaff rigged woodie for a decade or so.
A successful businessman in Melbourne who sold up and moved to the US to continue his family and business. He found it useful to carry a lot of his stuff on his 60'er until he resettled on the East Coast
. Sailed the boat with family for another decade or so and then moved on.
A couple in the PNW who used the 65'er as a work base for getting timber in Alaska
and then for pleasure in the off months. Only possible with a bigger boat.
One South African couple who sold up their worldly goods, invested all in a yacht so they could sail to Australia
and restart their lives. Something about limits on moving money
internationally at the time made this a good option.
One man who used his 56' sloop
to do brief charter
runs up and down the Reef in Australia
for several years and bought/sold well.
One early retired accountant who has used his 55' yacht to cruise
up and down from Sydney
to Whitsundays for the past couple of decades with paying guests to give his a very cheap
One PNW couple with a 55' yacht which they used as a floating hotel
to slowly make their way around the world over several years in the salmon off-season. Very much enjoyed by accompanying friends.
One quite famous doctor/writer and wife on a 50 something big yacht who cruised on their own in the good times and took on couple of young helpers for the hard yards.
I know two men
who just bought extraordinary cheap
opportunities, sailed for a time and then cashed in to move on.
I could go on for much longer but you get the idea.
Most of these were a couple with an accidental or purposeful agenda which was satisfied by having a bigger than usual yacht. Life is an adventure for us all and some think a bigger boat provides more options and choices. Maybe could sell the small yacht and buy anew to suit ones purpose at that particular moment but that is a PITA as so many of CF threads point out.
One thing was outstanding though - these were all very competent people who could handle the tough times and contratemps with minimal complaint and moved on with their adventures. None of them would have been daunted by fixing a broken steering system or boom or buoying an anchor
and retrieving it later. And all of them were not the slightest daunted by their bigger vessels.
Having watched your posts, I am sure I can describe you along with many on this forum as similar robust individuals who could handle similar tough times with diligence, competence and humour.