Originally Posted by Cruisingdad
We are fulltime cruisers with kids
. My kids
have spent most of their lives on boats ( 5 days old). We also have a fat bulldog. As such, i am opinionated about this, but take the comments as someone who has at least been there and still is. ..........................
....................... If you dont care about sailability, maybe an old morgan
Brian, I'm totally with you regarding fulltime cruisers with kids,- infants aboard to adults and off on their own,..... and the little dog too! I'm also opinionated and with comments as someone who has at least been there and still is. Our thoughts are quite the same, but I must defend my boat, which is not an "Islander", but an "Out Island". You know the Islanders are a different boat. Certainly the Morgan
Out Islands are not designed as performance sailboats, but my configuaration and specs are just about identical to the Island Packet
38. I truly believe that the charter
market of the seventies gave the Morgan OI the bad rep because of all the people coming down to charter
who were used to their smaller, light, fin keel
boats at home and could not manage a heavy full keel
boat well. I have friends with a Catalina
42 and I can stick with them if the wind
is at least 15 to 20, but all the Hunters, Beneteaus & Catalinas blow me and the Island Packets away in the light wind
. 'no real offense with the slur, but I do think it's largely a myth.
'back to the size of the boat. People will have different requirements and you can't predict their ability to adapt by their nationality, culture or even number of children
. My nephew has been living on a Catalina
22 for a few years without regret. The OP seems to be interested in a power boat
and if he's lured by the 45' Commander, then he likely feels a need for a lot of boat space. I do think that most first time searchers for liveaboard
vessels feel that they need more space than really necessary.