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Old 11-01-2013
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Re: Sailing, safety, & size

I'm half of that out of shape retired couple with big dreams Paulo references. All our winches are powered and two speed. The Autopilot does 95+% of the driving. First two reefs are single line with low friction set up and third double but all lead to cockpit. Have Dutchman instead of leasurefurl. Boat is 46' and I can pick up all the sails ( I know because I just took them off).
After Cape Dories, Mariners, Tayanas, and PSCs from 24' to my present 46' I believe
1.bigger is better- more comfortable, better sleep and self care so better decisions. It's a joy to take a hot shower in the middle of a passage.
2.If too big when the systems fail you are truly screwed. Mid forties is just about right. All key systems need to run with no electricity. If systems fail they should not put vessel at risk. That's why I don't have a leisure furl or in mast furler.
3.Big= higher hull speed= safety
4. Storm systems should be fool proof which usually means oldtime e.g hanked stormjib, Jordan series drogue etc.
5.Tankage means safety. More fuel more range under power. Mine diesel is in 4 tanks=clean fuel without water regardless. Have 200g of water in 2 tanks=no dependence on watermaker.

You just can't do that stuff in less than mid forty footer. 2 can't run a boat much bigger then that when systems fail. If you live on the thing and you are poorly fed or too hot or too cold or constantly exposed to wind/weather on deck you will be miserable. That's when poor decision are made.
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