Originally Posted by Freedom92
Thanks for all the responses to my first post - great stuff! To answer some questions- we are in our 50s and pretty fit, we will be using the boat for a mixture of coastal sailing plus longer passages (possibly the Atlantic in a few years), we have been sailing for 20 years. Seems like a toss up - perhaps tossing a coin is the answer after all!
If you want to have six people on board on a regular basis, you may want to go a little bigger still. Six people is ok on my boat (54 feet on deck
, 16 foot beam) but I would not want to go any smaller (even single-handing, I don't ever wish for anything smaller). The problem is getting everyone around the salon
table; seating in the cockpit
. I agree with the comment above about the frat house -- you will be pretty crowded. 50+ monohull
, or cat would be better with that kind of crowd.
As to "handling" bigger boats; plenty of threads on this in the archives
. To summarize -- some people argue for smaller boats, but those are mostly people who have smaller boats. I've never met or heard of anyone with a larger boat who wished for a smaller one. Other than cost (maintenance even more than acquisition) and docking
, there aren't really any downsides. Also, the larger the boat, the easier and more comfortable it is to handle in tough weather
If I ever change my own boat (unlikely), it will be for something still bigger -- like the HR 65.