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Old 04-06-2015, 01:22   #31
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Re: How often do people really come to visit?

Sleeps nine? Sounds like a motel. Don't know you or your relatives and friends, so won't provide any recommendation. I chose a boat to sleep two (capable of five) and entertain eight to ten. Hard for me to get enough guests aboard unless it's part of a several-boat get-together.


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Old 04-06-2015, 04:59   #32
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Re: How often do people really come to visit?

Our boat "sleeps nine", but this number would only work for us if five of them stayed in their berths!
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Old 04-06-2015, 14:43   #33
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my boat was bought with my own comfort in mind.
yes i considered avility to carry crew--i have that, and i did not pre plan that , as GOOD crew in reality is difficult to find.
visitors promise anything but generally allow you to be without them. let em rent a room.
when i asked my family if they would in reality actually get to visit, i was advised prolly not. i was visited by mom an ddad--who got a room each time, and no siblings.
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i have resided on boats since 1990, yet i have had to endure zero on board visits.
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Old 04-06-2015, 18:37   #34
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Sorry I dropped off. I am road tripping it to see colleges. We moved over seas and lived in a place that was difficult to visit. My inlaws came on vacation once but that is only because we bought them a ticket and paid for their while trip...

Then we moved to a vacation destination. Got a huge apartment with a guest room and have had zero guests. Not even my inlaws when again we offered to pay their travel. When we started invoicing the boat the boys were young and the third cabin necessary, now I just see it as added expense.


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Old 05-06-2015, 01:34   #35
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Re: How often do people really come to visit?

All in all, boating people are a rarity

I invite occasional crew for fun and company. Same for kids. But i do never count on them for my cruising, nor passages.

But mermaids are always accepted:-)
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Old 05-06-2015, 08:18   #36
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...Got a huge apartment with a guest room and have had zero guests. ...
I've had similar experiences, even built a guest house on one property...rarely got used...wont bother on the next one...I can rent them a hotel room cheaper on the rare ocassions we have guests ashore.
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yes i considered avility to carry crew--i have that, and i did not pre plan that , as GOOD crew in reality is difficult to find.
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The extra cabins on a cat are very handy on the rare ocaasions I take on crew, but certainly not cost justifiable on that basis alone.

I usually only take on sailing friends and/or former students as crew so Im working with known quantities...don't like the idea of random unknown crew. Plenty of friends/students who will jump at the chance to build some sea time.
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Extra cabins are excellent extra storage space. One can convert some of that extra storage space to a visitor cabin, in case that need arises some day.
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Re: How often do people really come to visit?

As others have said, everyone tells you they will come for visits but rarely do.

Then again, they are college kids. They can sleep on the sette or back deck and be fine.
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Lots of people say they will come, but few ever do. Plan on maximizing your comforts and let the visitors fend for themselves.
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Sitting here in the mooring field I note for most boats their owners visiting would qualify as having guests on board! 😛


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None.. they all know I'm a miserable old stroppy bastard..
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Re: How often do people really come to visit?

An unforseen consequence of having "that extra cabin" on any given hull size means that each of those cabins simply HAS TO BE smaller. How much depends on the builder and design, but it's a simple reality of the, uhm, space time continuum.

We've all seen the "owners'" version of the same boat with a "charter" version that has two coffin-like aft cabins, be it multi- or monohull.

Do the math, you end up losing space. And each bulkhead takes even more space away from that available from one side of the hull to the other.
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An unforseen consequence of having "that extra cabin" on any given hull size means that each of those cabins simply HAS TO BE smaller. How much depends on the builder and design, but it's a simple reality of the, uhm, space time continuum.

We've all seen the "owners'" version of the same boat with a "charter" version that has two coffin-like aft cabins, be it multi- or monohull.

Do the math, you end up losing space. And each bulkhead takes even more space away from that available from one side of the hull to the other.
And if anyone thinks that sheet of plywood dividing them gives even the remotest amount of privacy they are sadly mistaken......
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An unforseen consequence of having "that extra cabin" on any given hull size means that each of those cabins simply HAS TO BE smaller. How much depends on the builder and design, but it's a simple reality of the, uhm, space time continuum.
It all depends on preferences. If I had a 4m x 4m master bedroom with a king size bed, all the guests could sleep there with me, if they arrive. And meanwhile, when there are no guests, I could easily store my inflatable dinghy there (no need to deflate).
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