A 45' Bavaria
can be handled by two people in reasonable weather
for coastal cruising. As others have noted, be sure to get the labor-saving electric
devices, even at the cost of complexity. I don't think you would need electric mast
winches as once the sails
are up, with roller and in-mast furling
, they will stay up. But you will need an electric windlass
, and depending on your age and fitness, electric primary winches would be nice.
Larger boats cost more than smaller ones in every way. As I bought my first boat
, a broker
made very clear to me the facts of (sailing) life: everything on a boat
costs by the foot. As a trade
off against the expense, larger boats sail faster, have more room, can carry more company and so on.
. In the Med, you will most often moor stern-to, so lots of practice backing down your boat is essential. You need to know where it will go. Here you really do need two people.
Finally, when leaving or arriving at a marina, fuel dock
, anchorage or mooring
as slowly as you can while maintaining steerage. The displacement
of a large boat will give it greater momentum than you can initially imagine, and you will be shocked at the violence and damage you can cause even in slow motion.