I don't know whether to be scared or ecsatic
For months I have been researching on the purchase of my next boat after not having any boat for several years. The type of sailing we are looking at doing is 90% coastal cruising out of San Diego and I am currently comfortable sailing Catalina 27's. I have long considered the Catalina 30 to be the best boat for our needs and budget. This weekend while "kicking the hulls" with a local broker, he mentioed we look at a Catalina 34. My wife LOVES the 34.... Period!!
Her thought is we do not want to find ourselves shortly after going into the 30 that we should have got a larger boat when we have friends and family over to go for a day of sailing. I love the 34 as well.
I realize of course the incremental increase that the additional 4 feet brings in terms of slip fees, cleaning etc. However, the things I am concerned about is the additional 4 feet of handling in tight spaces such as marinas and overall ease of sail handling. And any other insights into going from a 30 to a 34 foot boat.
Addionally, if anyone can give some good insight on the pros and cons of of the Catalina 30's and 34's, I would greatly appreciate it.
Like I said... I think I'm a pretty lucky guy that my wife wants even more boat... but should I be happy or very afraid?
As always, any insight is greatly appreciated.