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Old 16-08-2015, 00:18   #16
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Re: Do I need a bigger sailboat for liveaboard?

shurite,

Jim and I found our 30 footer too small for permanent liveaboard and cruising. The 30' boat in question was a Yankee 30. 36 feet worked for us for 18 yrs., both while working ashore and while cruising.

Most likely, your GF will do a whole lot better if she is involved in things from the get-go, if you think she's a keeper. If not, best break up before it gets to the bitterness stage. Feminists used to say, "Men are like trolleys, there'll be another one along soon." I bet it's the same with the genders reversed. ;-)

If you're the one who knows the most about boats, then she can't be too involved, lacking the knowledge base. Actually, if she's the kind of gal who loves cooking and "homemaking", find out what she thinks she could do to make it all "nicer." Of that, see what fits for you, then negotiate. You're going to need to keep those skills alive, anyhow.

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Old 16-08-2015, 18:38   #17
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Never ask your GF about a boat. You got 30' she's happy now so no reason to. If you have to ask her something ask her to select new set of dish and linen.
Get a smaller boat so you get closer!
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No doubt, that's how I wound up on my current boat and we don't even live on the bloody thing anymore. She does make for a fine floating cottage now though.

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Old 17-08-2015, 18:43   #18
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Re: Do I need a bigger sailboat for liveaboard?

I think a lot of those that ponder size feels that smaller is Better or easier to handle. I tend to disagree. I have been living aboard for over 7 yrs now on a older 52 ft Irwin Ketch. Has it always been better or easier? No. Would I go smaller? Not on your life. It's not only a matter of comfort but safety. Having been caught out in open water in bad weather you will appreciate the larger heavier boat. The motion is slower. It handles bad weather imho better for those times you didn't plan right. But as always the only one that can make the call is you.


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Old 18-08-2015, 06:36   #19
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Re: Do I need a bigger sailboat for liveaboard?

Quick and best answer.....buy the 97 Caliber 40 listed on this site and all your questions will be answered!
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Re: Do I need a bigger sailboat for liveaboard?

There is no phrase that I hear shared among cruisers more than, "Everything is a compromise!"

The bigger boat has more stability and comfort, but more expense and often more physical efforts; more speed with water line and less maneuverability at the docks; a better ride at anchor, but fewer places to anchor. The list is endless and continues with all systems! ..... move the radar higher, more windage aloft; deeper keel for performance, no gunkholing; taller rig, fixed bridges.............

When you choose what you want you are choosing what you are giving up!
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When you choose what you want you are choosing what you are giving up!
Is that the "married man's lament"..?
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