Re: Is a 44' too much?
When I built my first offshore boat, a 36, I had 500 sq ft of hull surface. Friends building 44 footers nearby had over 1,000 sq ft of hull surface, I had 5,000 lbs of ballast they had 10,000. I had 600 sq ft of sail, they has 1200, etc etc. Every expense they had was double what I had. Their increase in useable interior space was not all that great. I left for the South Pacific, they never left. Some never left the land.
A 44 footer is huge. Give it a miss , find a 36 footer, and go cruising.
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"