Originally Posted by RainDog
I have a friend considering cruising on a Beneteau
57. West Coast of North America, South Pacific, Carribean
How much of a liability will 25 meter mast height and 2.6 meter draft be in these places?
There's not really any answer to that question. It's all relative.
You just go where you can get into, with whatever boat you have. If you have 1.5 meters of draft, there's always someplace you could go if only you had 1 meter. And so forth.
I have cruised the Baltic
from one end to the other -- twice. In the Baltic
, a 40' boat is considered "big"; anything over 50' is a "ship". Despite that, I had few problems. I regretted not getting into Poorvu, Finland
, for having just a little too much draft. I regretted having to sail clear around Fehmarn, Germany
, because my mast was one meter too high to get under the bridge. Tying up bows-to in some of the rustic "guest harbor" marinas
in a "ship" is a challenge (but at the same time, you are sometimes allowed to use regular commercial
harbors otherwise closed to yachts). But these inconveniences are very minor in the grand scheme of things. A bigger boat is more comfortable at anchor
and can anchor
in deeper water. And you can carry a bigger, faster dinghy
Bottom line, is I have never met a cruiser who said "dang; I wish I had a smaller boat".
There might be exceptions if you are based in SW Florida
or if you plan to spend a whole year cruising the Bahamas
The B57 is a nice, fast, comfortable boat, and probably an excellent choice for your friend, especially if he's planning to get BETWEEN all those places you listed