Originally Posted by Zonker
Guys ... thanks for your feedback. I hoped to hear more of the "I-wish-I-did-it-different" stories.
For me smaller = 24-30 feet
Bigger = 40 feet plus
I have the 26 footer now and sail ~120+ days a year. I would like to be in the 30-36 foot range now but have decided during the last 5 years what the "ultimate" boat is for me. Its a ~40 foot cat. I am not going to interim something at this point.
However I have lots of sailing friends and have access to 36-50+ foot boats. The best boats are OPB. I also charter
in the 36-40 foot range at least once a year.
I have no regrets so far. Primarily because the 26 foot boat is so cheap
and I have had so much fun and learned so much that if I gave it away I would be breaking even. In hindsight a 36-40 foot "first" boat would be eating a lot more boat bucks that should be going into the ultimate kitty.
savings rates the ultimate boat is 4-5 years away cash payment. Right on target for dockaboard work finish and line tossing in 8-10 years.
It is easy to get LOA
envy but ignore what others think. There are some that may dismiss my experience because of my little boat. But I get 30-40 days a year on 40+ footers so can ignore those that might look down on this "little boat" sailor.
I could make a counter argument that those that start in dinghy's, buy a keelboat and then never sail with other skippers have missed a ton of learning
along the way. I learn (good and bad stuff) from every skipper
I sail with and I am at the point where I usually bring more to the party than I gain, but I am always open to learning