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Really disagree with this post. I am out cruising and it is the 50 ft plus brigade that are often looking for crew as they find the boat to be too much for them. - but that is to them and I think lots of times it is because they started on a small boat. People are always posting things they are concerned abut getting a 35' boat because they can not handle it solo. Really the only time the big boat is a big problem is docking, get help from the marina!

At 50 ft you are going to find a 75 + lb anchor with 1/2 chain. - so what? I have a 60 lb one on my 43' boat and have pulled in when the windlass broke and was solo. I have halyard and hand winchs

Your sails exceed the 400 sq ft rule for manageability. - what rule? You never hear of sail track slides, lazy jacks, dutchmans, furling sails. My current boat has a larger main than my last boat but SMALLER winches because it has boom end sheeting and is easier to crank. Big boats with big sails have big winches and if that isn't enough there are power opinions

Sure with power winches and everything working it is not an issue. But it is when things go wrong you need to be able to deal and at 50 ft + ??
all this stuff is like only being happy with the slow tank of a boat because you are living in fear

If you want a big boat get it! Just consider that you may need to upgrade systems and equipment to be able to handle it. For lots of us this is the same thing we will have to do to our boats as we age if we want to continue anyway.
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Re: Cruising vessel questions.

BTW - if you need to consider the extra cost of some bottom paint when considering the size of your boat, maybe you should rethink the whole boat thing.
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But do you feel the need? or do you find at 40 feet you have all you need both in seakeeping and living aboard?
"Need" is an interesting word... I sure feel safer on a 50 than a 40. I feel even safer on the Queen Mary

I have a friend (on this forum) and he has a 54 footer and its just exceptional in its livability. More like an apartment than a boat, nothing is squishy like a 40 footer.

I havent sailed it (he might invite me when we bump into each other in the next few months) but I have sailed 50's, 55; 65 and 68 and the bigger the boat the better to sail. As a single hander the Swan 651 in its racing mode would be far too hard to handle... but a 50 footer set up for it with furling main etc, at least electric halyard, and a sailor still fit enough, isnt too hard an ask. Ive done a few deliveries on 523's and they are too cool, love one.

If there is some problem where the furler badly jams and its stuffed you need to do whatever to get to port, but thats justifiable. Cut the damn thing away and be prepared to buy a new one. If in a storm it snags just start cutting and the flogging will fix the rest... in about 10 seconds

In modern boats its quite normal for a mainsail to be up the mast for several years, and the genoa too. No one is out there dying from it.
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