Re: Smallest boat you can live with
We chose ours with two things in mind.
First, it is our weekend home for 6 months of the year. We are aboard from Fri to Mon nearly every weekend from May through October. We are not interested in a six month camping trip. We've had our share of the minimalist thing. We have and will do so in short bursts, as necessary.
Second, we entertain a lot. Nearly every weekend we'll host friends, family, kids, etc. Often with 6 aboard. The deck salon allows everyone to be above without climbing all over each other. We tank 220 gallons of water and hold 77 gallons of waste. While we teach proper conservation, non-sailing guests are just more comfortable without the fear of running out of water and using home-style pump driven faucets, electric flush toilets, air conditioning and a genset that will run their hair dryers.
We literally could not do what we want to do with a much smaller boat. If it were cramped and less desirable to our guests, they wouldn't want to come and that would ruin it for us. Today, they complain if we don't invite them often enough.
Will it be our forever boat? Can't say for sure. One day, it may feel like too much for us to physically handle, but she's fairly easy to sail. At least for now.
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