IMHO it depends on your sailing grounds. If you plan on a 2 week vacation sailing with the family, I would imagine a 22 footer would get a little cramped. And provisions? Carrying your food or eating out in restaurants?
I know there are those that have sailed to the Pacific islands on 27 footers, but really what does that mean? That they're either nuts or really hardy. We know most production boats can make it, and many do so every year, Some guy rowed across the Pacific. I'm not impressed by someones ability to survive on hardtack and salt water. My question would be why?
I would think your first boat should be one you can handle alone . Maybe a dinghy is too big for some and a 30 footer too small for others.
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Where ya'll keep'n the wimmin 'round here?