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View Poll Results: What is the smallest size bluewater monohull cruiser for a family of four?
Less than 28 ft 0 0%
28 ft to 34 ft 6 16.22%
35 ft to 38 ft 6 16.22%
39 ft to 42 ft 17 45.95%
43 ft to 47 ft 5 13.51%
Greater than 48 ft 3 8.11%
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Old 11-05-2011, 18:52   #16
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Re: Typical Bluewater Liveaboard Size - Family of 4

Great advice S/V Alchemy.

We are slowly leaning towards a boat on the lower side of our 40-45 ft desire.

We are planning to take a look this weekend at the marina and check out a few 39-44 footers to get a better feel.

I will certainly keep you advice in mind when we get closer to our purchase.

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Old 08-02-2013, 17:07   #17
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I know this maybe an old thread but I thought I would update so it maybe of value for others.
We ended up buying a 33' we feel is suited just fine for the 4 of us 2 girls and 2 adults.

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These are stock photos from when we bought her over a year ago so a lot has changed.
New ventilation, new headliner going in new floor coverings upholstery fixing any leaks repairing all water damage, all new paint, insulation, plumbing, electronics etc etc.
Having said that she was plenty good as is but we feel that the improvements will be worth it to us.
I think the main point is that you can see with the right layout 33' is ample and families of 4 have done it on less. So I myself was more interested in finding the right layout and build quality / design. We feel the Nantucket ticked all the boxes for us and after a sail in some heavy weather we were even more happy. I thought with the high free board she would be more tender but the factory extra ballast and modern lighter spars may have contributed to her excellent qualities but I've not sailed on another but had heard they may be a bit tender. This one however is fantastic in a blow and points higher than expected. I'm not as sure about the ones built in Taiwan but maybe they are the ones that are tender. The ones built in Australia may sail different to the Taiwan ones and this one would sail different to the ones with standard ballast and single spreader rigs that were heavier.
I hope this may be of some insight to others.
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Old 08-02-2013, 17:22   #18
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Re: Typical Bluewater Liveaboard Size - Family of 4

Mischief, congrats! I have been a bit absent from the boards lately.

We did purchase a boat. A 1998 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 362 (~35').

She sails like a dream and seems to have enough room for our crew of four (4). Not sure if we are ready to untie the docklines yet, but we are enjoying cruising the Chesapeake.

The 362 has enough storage and room for each of us.

Enjoy. Fair Wind and Tide.
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Old 08-02-2013, 17:58   #19
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Excellent Coolruns,

I hope she serves you well and it's always nice to see what direction people go after these threads.
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