Just tossing in my tiny bit of experience.
When I got bit by the cruising bug I knew I had at least ten years to plan. I bout a 7 days to cruising book to start out learning
. In the beginning of the book they suggest starting with a dinghy
. I went out that week and bought a 15 foot coronado. Boy AM I glad I did. That boat was fun and great to learn on. I had no idea how afraid of the water I could be lol.
My wife never got comfortable with it ad I knew next year I was going to want a keel
boat so her and our new daughter could go sailing with me without the threat of turtle all the time. I got lucky with a great deal on a chrysler 20 ft sing keel
. What a difference. My Lil 15 ft coronado could run circles around this boat. I am so glad to have the experience on both these boats. After my second year of sailing I am still afraid of the water and have not gone past 5.5knots yet. I can not imagine a 30+ foot boat yet. I want to keep my 20's rails in the water and be comfy before moving up.
I plan on going to a 25 to 26 something after this up coming season is over so we can camp overnight.
I sail in colorado. The wind
can be crazy there. Constantly varies direction and speed.
I can not wait to see what it is like 5o handle something as big as 35 or more.
I have wondered a few things. Can my 20 ft keel boat put the sails
in the water with to much power or would it round up first.
Has anyone started their sailing career on a large 30+ for boat and hat was it like.
Good luck on your hunt. Buy an 800 15 ft to play with while looking it is a ton of fun and great way to.learn how.to.find the wind