Originally Posted by ausaviator
You could sail the world in a 10 metre weekender, but if you want to be comfortable, go with 40ft plus@
I've seen a number of comments from cruisers in Lagoon
38's complaining about hobby-horsing, but less so in the 40 footers. 40+ seems to be the magic figure for ride comfort.
Jump on youtube and search for "Lagoon 380 Honeymoon" and you'll see a young just married couple heading from the USA to Aus.
Here we go again with the weekender rubbish.
For those that are interested a good REAL WORLD experience is Magic Carpet a 10 metre Rogers cat that Chris and Karyn Ennor circumnavigated on.
One blog by Karyn
PODcast interview (see #6 with Chris focussed mainly on cruising with outboards but some interesting insights to the trip none the less.
And just because a 11.6 metre lagoon hobby horses doesn't mean all cats do it irrespective of size range. Hobby horsing is predominantly a function of hull
shape. And actually I don't think the 380 does hobby horse that much, at least not the half a dozen I have sailed (usually std-bris or bris -syd), certainly more than some designs but less than say most Prouts I have been on. And 11 metre prouts would I am guessing be right up there in the amount of a cat design that have circumnavigated. Having said that a 15 metre prout (quasar) was possibly the most uncomfortable cat I have sailed, with regard to motion and hobby horsing and slamming.
There is no magic about 40 foot, none at all. What boats over 12 metres do for you is increase your carrying capacity and that is very very important to some people, particularly those that want air Con and gen sets etc. Fatter boats under 12 metre also can carry plenty - its a trade
off longer means you can stay slim and carry more, want shorter and carry stuff, hulls need to be fatter.
Seriously, plenty of 10 and 11 metre boats have done ocean passages. If you have more money
- well yeah a nice 5X Outremer
would be good. But its always better to sail what you can afford than dream about it.