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Re: Boat Candidate options wanted

I love the idea of a larger boat. More room obviously. Especially for long term cruising.
I really like the feel of the 30+ foot boat however.
The anchors I can handle without power.
I can man-handle it at the dock if I have to.
The forces on the sails don't seem to be so enormous.
It may just be me but it seems as though the under 40' boats are just more fun and the 40 to 50 are so serious.
I have sailed on both quite a bit and the bigger size, I can't explain it, feels like work rather than fun.

Maybe 36 will be the perfect size. Don't have much experience in that size.
Deciding on the perfect compromise is an amazingly personal emotional process.
Bigger is more luxury in every way, speed, space, toys.
Smaller is more more fun (in my opinion, less maintenance, cheaper everything, probably more sailing.
The lesson from the Icarus story is not about human failing.
It is a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive.
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