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If I may, I''d like to give you my opinion.
Last year we made approximatley the same move that you concidering.
I sailed a Cal 25 - II that my father purchased in ''78, I sailed the heck out of that little boat and truely enjoyed every minute of it.
Last year we moved up to a Beneteau 361.
It was quite a jump and I too was a bit apprehensive.
If the boat is set up properly, you can easily single hand her. I have auto pilot, furling main and furling genny. It''s actually a piece of cake. Simply find some open air, set the auto pilot, and unfurl the sails. Like I said, piece of cake.
I always make sure that I am wearing a teather line, especially when auto pilot is engaged and I am especially carefull while the engine is in gear.
Where I get a little concerned is docking and leaving the dock. That is one of the reasons that I prefeer a floating can/mooring. On and off the can is again a simple undertaking.
I would not worry. In a little time you''ll soon be sailing your new boat with the same ease and ability as your previous 23 footer.
Best of luck to you.