As I am happily sailing for my first season in a Nordica 20, I am weighing the wisdom of investing more money into this boat (primarily considering new sails and a furler) vs. looking for the 'next boat'. In many ways, this boat suits us functionally, aesthetically and financially. The biggest downside is the small cockpit. That's only an issue when we have guests aboard, which is a minority of the time. Whether that's enough of an issue to justify trading up is a question in my mind, but of course all the other aspects of moving to a bigger boat enter into it. We are on Lake Ontario, but daysailing is the extent of things for the foreseeable future.
I note with amusement blogger Ugly Yachtsman's (UY's Main Menu
) observation that the ultimate goal seems to be to acquire a boat that is 'too big to use'. I know that every boat is a compromise in one way or another, and I ponder: Is bigger always better? Do you ever stop wondering if 'two feet' would make all the difference?