Hi fellow forum members.
You may gather from the title that I am from Australia
. A look at my profile will reveal more about me but in brief I am 46 years of age, live in Melbourne and sail a Hartley TS21 trailer sailer with my wife, Sue.
I have never contributed to a forum before and am unsure on which is the correct path to take to post my question(s) so I thought it best to start here and see what happens.
Sue & I have three sons aged from 18 to 22. After what seems too short a period we have recently become 'empty nesters'. All three of our boys have moved out. Our youngest son has departed the home only temporarily. He is currently at a summer camp in Maine
teaching young people how to sail. He is due back home in September but he is making noises of travelling then to the UK.
As a result of our changed circumstances we have been re-evaluating our lifestyle and are considering selling the family
home and using the money
a yacht and a smaller home. Our intention is to possibly live aboard the yacht, keeping many of our wordly goods in storage
out the small home to offset the mortgage outgoings.
As my wife and I both love sailing and are happiest when afloat we are quite excited at the prospect. Our problem now is what type of boat?
We have never done any blue water passage
cruising and our idea of the right type of boat is unfortunately being formed by a lot of lounge chair decisions. We thought we'd narrowed the field and settled on what we believed would be the right yacht suited to our needs. Up till now we thought a centre cockpit
rigged, 40 to 45 footer would be perfect. We reasoned that the centre cockpit
provides us with our own 'space' aboard and the length would provide adequate room for us to live aboard. Boats such as the Norseman 447, Passport 40, Peterson
42/44, etc. etc appear to fit the bill.
However, recent advice from an experienced blue water
cruiser suggested we should not be looking at anything larger than 35'. 33' being possibly the ideal length. His reasoning being that the larger the boat the harder everything is to handle, such as retrieving the anchor
, reducing sail, etc. He also suggested that the bigger the boat the bigger the maintenance
As you can see, we are now faced with a quandry. We value this particular friends advice but are concerned that the smaller boat will be too small to live on. Equally we don't want to end up with a boat that is too big for us to handle without having to invite additional crew on board every time we wanted to go sailing.
this I am hoping to receive some good advice from those who know and have already been down this path before.
Looking forward to receiving your replies.