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Old 09-30-2007
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When I asked that question a good few years ago, 40 ft seemed the most common answer, until I asked about single handed cruising, then the answer came down to 35 ft. I got 38 ft. In practice, I think I could happily handle 40 ft or more alone. There are so many more ways of making life easy than before. The extra few feet are in the fattest part of the boat, so it's a lot of volume difference. However, how the interior of the boat is designed makes a huge difference. The newer boats pack standard stuff like tanks and engines much better than the older designs. On the other hand, as a cruiser, the newer boats have far too little storage space, preferring large open saloons and spacious looking berths - in my view.
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