How long is a piece of string?
For me, the ideal boat is about 60' -- 65'. That's because its 2 or 3 meters longer than what I have -- see the wise comments on this above by someone.
Many, many good things happen as a boat gets bigger -- faster, less sensitive to loading, more seaworthy
, more stable, more spacious (there's NEVER enough space on any boat).
Only downside is cost, and you can't get into some berths. Mast
height, maybe. Maneuvering in tight marinas
Sail handling is not an issue with power gear
. People on smaller boats who imagine that it would be terrifying to sail a bigger boat are just wrong -- it's not. For one thing, you don't need to push a bigger boat as hard to get up a decent head
It is true that manhandling sails
starts to get very hard when a boat gets above 50', but the truth is that outside of a hurricane
, there is almost never any reason to take sails down while cruising.
It is also true that the cost of somethings -- like sails -- go up exponentially with size.
But everything else is all good. Have you ever met someone who wished he had a smaller boat than what he has? Right -- neither have I. And if I ever change my present boat, I will go up a bit in size -- even though I single
hand a lot.