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How important is 6 feet?

My wife and I have been shopping and I have been trying to keep potential boat around 40 feet. My wife has taken a liking to a 46 footer. I like the idea of the extra space but worry that it isn't enough to justify all of the added expenses.

what are the pros and cons of having the extra length?
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Re: How important is 6 feet?

Harder to manoeuvre.
About 40-50% more on upkeep
More room to store junk you don't need
But a lot more liveable!
I think a 45 is ideal for a couple but then I have a 55

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Re: How important is 6 feet?

it does have a bow thruster. however, i worry about maneuvering without the bow thruster.
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Re: How important is 6 feet?

Your wife is saying, bigger is better. Since it sounds like it's an option, I would do it. If one of you really doesn't like your boat, you won't get to enjoy it.

It would be interesting to hear what boat she likes and what you both plan to do with it. Size alone does not dictate space, maneuverability or maintenance cost (other than per ft slip, etc, costs)


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Re: How important is 6 feet?

Since you are asking I am guessing this is your first boat, but difference between a 40 foot and 46 footer is likely going to be quite a lot assuming comparable type of boat. Likely close to double the cost to maintain but hard to say since you don't name what kind of boats you are looking at. Check out what your slip fees are, in your area given size. there are often jumps in price per foot at certain lengths, so it may well be that it is not only more feet, but more per foot for each of those feet as 40 foot is a common size for a slip, so you may have to pay for a 50 foot or even 60 foot slip in some marinas. At my marina it is 33 to 45 foot boat is 112 a foot and 46+ is 117 a foot for the summer. not a big jump but some places it may be much bigger jump. So $4480 a season vs $5382 season. Sails will be bigger and need to be of heavier cloth, rigging is longer and possibly heaver, and so on and so on....

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Re: How important is 6 feet?

It's very rare to meet a boater who wished they had bought a smaller boat.
My first first, non lake boat, was 45 feet. It sure looked big at first, sure got small fast. Now I have a 55 foot boat, goes faster, carries more fuel, longer range, more water, handles seas better, systems are easier to work on.
Sure it cost more to keep, buy not as much a one would think, it still has only one engine, generator, water maker etc. Sure the sails, winches and running rigging cost more, but I don't buy those thing often.
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this is our first sailboat, we currently own a 34' sport fisher that we mostly for cruising and diving.
I hadn't even considered the added cost of the longer running rigging.
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Interior volume will increase proportional to the cube of the length. So, 6 feet of additional LOA buys you a lot of volume.

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Re: How important is 6 feet?

we would be doing extended trips to the Caribbean. What kind of added costs could I expect going threw customs?
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Re: How important is 6 feet?

Depends on the country. For example in the Bahamas it is $150 for boats under 30 feet and $300 over 30 feet.


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