Re: Sailing "big boats"
The ocean is not a forgiving creature. So..... would you rather have the full sized / serious equipment or the thin mast / rigging / lines / etc., which go with the smaller weekend cruisers?
We have a ketch rigged Tai Chiao CT 56 and wouldn't consider going down one single inch.
We have parties with as much as 30 people onboard. We also liveaboard. And yes, we do almost 100% of the maintenance work ourselves.
This boat weighs over 68,000 lbs., and I LOVE that! When I pull up to a dock she is not easily pushed away by current and or wind; i.e., I have plenty of time to tie her up.
She is not easily bounced around at the dock when a boat goes by us.
I like to compare the size question to this:
Would you rather be driving a scooter or a full sized vehicle on the interstate highway?