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Old 31-08-2008, 03:00   #31
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I am looking at a 50' Harryproa. With balestrom rig giving low sheet loads and no getting out on a skinny deck in heavy seas to change headsails, (or sort out a self furler that has indigestion), and the ability toreverse or crab in and out of places it should be dead easy to single hand.

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Old 31-08-2008, 03:32   #32
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So...that being said, how much boat am I capable of handling?
I think only you can answer that. How big could someone handle? Well, it seems that the answer is pretty much anything! I would also ask how big do you want to handle? The odds are the answer is somewhere between 33 to 40 Foot. (but not to say that smaller or bigger is a "wrong" choice).

But before getting to size I would work out what you are going to be doing with the boat. and where.

Of course budget does usually come into the equation as a big decider on size both to buy and maintain, where bigger usually means more expensive overall.

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Old 31-08-2008, 07:26   #33
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I belong to a group called Singles on Sailboats. There are 140 boats in the club, ranging from 24 to 50-something feet, of every conceivable configuration. Most of the boat owners are over 50 and average 60. Many join the club because they are "dock-bound". They can sail their boats thousands of miles single handed, but they need crew to get away from and back to the slip. Smaller boats weigh less, and are more responsive. Equipment is cheaper and the loads on halyards, sheets, and dock lines are easier to handle (with one hand, remember?)
There are two down-sides to smaller boats; The ride is rougher, and the bragging rights are diminished. This matters if you are susceptible to 'mast-envy'!

Properly equipped, with quality stuff, a mid thirties vessel will get-er-dun!
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Old 31-08-2008, 10:29   #34
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50 foot is big. But if you need the room, you need the room for sure. The amazing thing about many boats is that in the 38-45 foot range, many of them have the same accomodation... just more space, maybe two heads in lieu of one. How many heads does one really need in the space of a 25 ft travel trailer, etc.? The best boat by far for having a lot of visitors is a cat. My 42 Lagoon had three double staterooms each with a sit down settee and hanging locker. The grandkids were safe and had room to move around even when sailing. Normally these boats had four staterooms, but one of mine was a workshop with 23 drawers and two counters and a built in vise! The cockpit table would seat about 12. The built in davits made having a large RIB easy so the whole group could go ashore, took 5 minutes to pull it up or deploy it.

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