Our boat draws 7'3.". I personally wouldn't want to draw any more than 8 feet max, since we already spend more time looking at the charts
and depth sounder
than most others. We don't have any problem anchoring
, although sometimes we're out a little further, but there are quite a few marinas
and inlets we can't get into.
I know it might not sound like a big deal, but sometimes one really does need to get into a marina to have repairs
done or to get out of the weather
or away from a swell. What do you do if you can't get into the only one around for 60-100 miles?
Sometimes we're envious of those catamarans... Especially the Sunreefs.
On second thought... I wouldn't buy a monohull
with a keel
any deeper than the one we have now... Too many hassles. The next boat, if there ever is one... Will be a catamaran
or more likely a trawler