Damn - I'm outted - Sorry to disappoint everyone...
Actually - It has come up a couple of times. It's easy to think of it as a 77 footer based on the name - Pelle nailed that one - Ha, ha.
In my intro post a year ago I described the purchase
and the fact that this was a first boat
after a many year lay off. Sort of a practice boat
. Also I thought my Avatar might give me away too...
Like everyone I have 3 feet-itis and constantly think about going up to a 32, 36 or 38 footer - It's never big enough - LOL.
What has become very clear in the last year is what I want. This year defined what I need as a boat - that's what the starter boat does for you. It's cheap
and you learn what you want. You get out on the water
with a lot of other guys and get to see a lot of other boats and talk to a lot of other guys about what they like and don't like.
I am saving the war chest for a 38-42 foot cat. It will be my liveaboard
boat. I am pretty much there financially (I intend to pay cash) and just want to make sure the "life" cushion doesn't get depleted too much.
I have considered a bigger boat now but honestly the boat I have is cheap
and I have never been successful financially trading up.
However, far and away the biggest advantage is it's size. We usually sail with 4-5 people on board but even single
handing I can be off the buoy in 5 minutes and under sail. Coming back is probably 10 minutes tops.
In fact I will probably keep an interest in the boat no matter what I get as it is so painless to go for a sail.