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post #12 of Old 06-09-2006
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Dfly:You said:I am looking for my first boat and have a wife and three kids that I want to sail on the lakes here in Tennessee and to take to the caribbean. ...and that you didn't want to buy a second boat after you've learned to sail.1. Living aboard a 26 foot lightly built boat with 5 people is not realistic. Most people could not live as a couple aboard a 26 footer but some do...adding 3 kids is just not need somethinng 35-40 ft....with good tankage and space for people and things.2. The Mac26 is not suitable for the Caribbean. Today's forcast: 20 knots out of the East with 6-8 ft. seas...a typical beautiful day that would be VERY uncomfortable on a Mac with 5 people aboard. Wait till a WINDY day comes along! Suggest you alter your thinking to a bigger/heavier boat..or decide on a firstboat/second boat strategy instead.
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