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post #15 of Old 05-08-2011
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On a smaller 24'-28' sailboat the ratio leans more towards sailing time. Between my wife and I both participating we can be underway in 20 minutes and on return have everything put back in 20 minutes. We have it down to routine. The annual maintenance will always be a bit more onerous and I put aside other days to do it when I have nothing better to do. Lots of those days available. It seems the bigger the boat the more work and expense is involved to maintain it. When we are out there I notice most of the others with us are in the same size range as us. Smaller boat = more sailing time. The down side is less overnight cruising due to space constraints, I cannot deal with more than a few nights aboard a small ship.
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