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Old 01-25-2010
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I'd point out that if the admiral is planning on coming along, she should probably learn how to sail the boat herself and be able to singlehand it as well. Most cruising couples describe their sailing as two people singlehanding the same boat at different times.

One of the most tragic stories I've heard is of a husband and wife team where the husband fell overboard and the wife didn't know enough to even attempt an MOB recovery. All she could do was watch him recede into the distance...

If you do have to go larger, I'd recommend sticking closer to the 38' size rather than the 42' size. Cost is one reason, but size of the gear and how difficult it is to single-hand are another reason.

Caliber makes a 38 that might be appropriate for what you're doing. Tayana makes a 37' boat that also might be good, as are the Cabo Rico 38s.
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