Originally Posted by Get-a-Life
A bit sus?
Very easy to say from the deck
of a one off 46 footer!
I have cruised that coast from Hobart to top of Qld. never went to windward anywhere, took 2 years to do it. However we met many a yacht that was on a time table and they copped a hammering, also many places had people getting off their boats and putting them up for sale
If you are trying to make landfalls at the various places each night then you need speed which equals waterline length or minimum weight, neither of these requirements are in those older boats.
Mate, if you will re-read my post, you will note that I said that if you are not shedule driven windward performance is not so important.
We too have cruised (repeatedly) from Hobart to FNQ, and many of those trips were in an elderly 36 footer, not our current boat. We too met many folks in smaller boats, some of whom were having a great time, some who were not so happy. The point is, if ones finances limit one to a smaller boat, then one adapts one's cruising style to fit its performance.
We've met folks in an H-28 that managed to circumnavigate Oz (with 2 large dogs
as crew) and while H-28s are great little boats, they don't go to windward so very well... it can be done. YEs, getting between some anchorages
in daylight hours can be harder in a smaller boat, but overnight passages are an option, and smaller boats can often utilize anchorages
unsuited to their bigger sisters.
So, Troppo, I guess that you have already figgered out that it is easier in a bigger, faster boat. This does not rule
out enjoyable cruising in sub-thirty foot vessels.
Jim and Ann s/v Insatiable II lying Manly Qld Oz