Well Nick... I have fewer stantions, my holding tank
it built out of the hull
itself, I have fewer through hulls and plumbing
, the lights are smaller, and with half the distance to run, the mile + of wire is smaller, We only use a small $120 window air conditioner and "cube" heaters, The fridge is only 2 cu ft and it's compressor
is only about half the size & weight, for hot water
showers we use a 1 pound black plastic garden sprayer (solar heated), our watermaker
is 1/4th the size one would put on a larger boat, (its 3 gal/day just keeps our 30 gal tanks
full), the radar
is half the size of the larger boat's radar
, the inverter
is only 120w and about a pound, the SSB
is also small and half the size, the 5" tall GPS
has no plotter & is 1/3rd the size, the windlass
is a fraction of the size and much more importantly.. the wire that services it, (the wire to a large windlass
can run over $1,000)... My engine
is only 18 hp and sips diesel
, there is no oven
at all, there is only one head to maintain, The RIB
is a "light weight" and smaller than a larger boat's, the OB motor
is half the size and expense as well, and I have 1/3rd the life jackets, harnesses, and all forms of "boat gear"...
Being a trimaran
... I made all of the interior
"flat panels" out of light weight composite materials, to make up for the above extra weight as well...
The larger boat has exponentially more stress & expense in every single
piece of hardware
, their fastenings, backng plates, running & standing rigging, spars, sails
, ground tackle, more ports
/ hatches, ETC ETC ETC.
The protected anchorages
that are the best in a winter front, or to spider web in for a hurricane
, are 10 times more numerous for a smaller boat with less draft
, as are the small marinas
In the places "I" prefer to cruise
, like Belize
,s barrier reef, Glovers reef atoll, the Bahamas
, etc. The difference between 5.5' draft
and 6.5' draft is OFTEN the difference between being 200' off of a protective windward beach, or 1/2 a mile... Happens ALL the time.
If this has not been your experience, I doubt that you go from one third world country to the other, with no power or almost no power at their rickety little docks. OR try to haul out
with their rickety little travel lift
Having spent thousands of hours scrubbing boat bottoms, and tens of thousands of hours installing, maintaining, and repairing boat systems... I can assure that the effort to do ALL of these things goes up exponentially with boat size! This is a "no brainer"...
Comparing a smaller "ketches" rig replacement bill to a larger "sloops", is ridiculous! (apples to oranges) A boat that is similar in rig design, but 15' longer, will generally cost over twice as much to re rig. This goes for the sails, running rigging, and blocks, as well.
It is obvious that you are a millionaire in a millionaire's boat, do NOT go off the beaten path, did not build any of your boat or install it's systems, do not do your own repairs
, OR scrub your own boat's bottom... You hire these things done! I doubt that you hike 10 miles in one day looking for the only local laundry
lady, or do it yourself in a bucket, as well. This is the ONLY way I can imagine that you would have the perception that a vastly larger boat is not exponentially more stress, more complicated, more expensive, and more hassle to own.
I am happy for you that you can afford your lifestyle, but for many, perhaps even most of us, a huge boat is not only out of the question from the purchase price
, but we install or maintain every inch of the boat, from the hull
& rig to its systems...
For this group, if you want to get to know the local culture and mingle with the people, going to the laundry
or village grocery store regularly... If you have made great sacrifices in your life, like not owning a house while cruising, or doing without hull & health insurance
, (like we did)... If you are on a "cruisers budget" and do your ALL of your own work, then: THE SMALLEST BOAT THAT WILL SERVE YOUR NEEDS, IS THE LEAST HASSLE, LEAST EXPENSE, AND MOST FUN!
A 44' boat is not just a "bit" bigger than a 40'er. It is TWICE the size! Longer, deeper, wider, taller, more cubic volume, heavier, more stresses, thereby MUCH more expensive for almost E V E R Y T H I N G that is proportionate to the boat.
Something to consider for folks that are closer to the ground financially, and looking for a different sort of adventure... Mark