Congrats on going for the larger boat - wish you well on the survey
We're going thru the exact same process now - survey next week on a L440. Previously owned a FP Athena 38 which we would sail 4-5 weeks at a time (kids, jobs, ...) , and chartered multiple boats up to 43'. This time around we are considering living aboard
, and really prioritized the overall space, both underway and while anchored, even if there is just the two of us, although we have a list of guests that are just waiting for us to move aboard.
Some of our considerations that argued a larger size for us:
- Walk-around berths (versus barrel-rolling out of bed) - priceless - especially at 2:00 AM
- Back transom that allows moving from one side to the other without going thru cockpit
, and handling the tender
- Fly bridge with all sail controls, and visibility - excellent (OK that's a L440 one)
- reasonable sailing speed (I'll be happy with 8 -12 knots vs the 6-8 knots I got on the FP38 in normal wind
conditions) - like being out on the water
- space in the galley
given that one spends a lot of time there - priceless
space - don't want to overdue it, but nice to have
- Forward cockpit
for easy sailing days and sundowners (vs trying to find a comfortable sitting position in front) - priceless (OK, another L440 one)
Going from a 38'x 21' boat to a 44' x 25' is a little intimidating, and there are $$ to consider for initial purchase
and every other expense, but decided that if we are going to live on the boat, and we almost never use marinas
, and conservative sailing / cruising at first, then the size should not be an issue. In our case, we're not in a hurry to go anywhere, just want to be on the water
The $$ argument for a smaller boat is a good one, having $$ left over for the "toys".
The argument about a 38' being much easier to handle (docking, mooring
, sailing, ...) by two people is a strong one, especially in difficult situations.
Both continue to swirl in my sub-conscious, but, hey, one life to live, so we shall see what hindsight comes up with