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Which boat to buy to SOLO
I have a 33 foot boat which I singlehand regularly. Also, I used to live in Arizona and go to Lake Pleasant regularly; although my sailing experience there is limited to a sailboard. My recollection is that the Lake Pleasant Marina had a few 30-35 footers after the higher dam in the early 90s substantially increased the size of the lake. However, the most popular sailboat seemed to be the Catalina 22 and others of that size.
While you can singlehand a boat bigger than 33 feet (40 feet, or more if its set up right), I don''t see the point on Lake Pleasant. It''s not that big, I doubt you''d do anything but daysail (I suppose there might be some anchorages you could overnight in). The biggest problem is getting in and out of the slip -- the bigger the boat the less manueverable, and the harder to stop if it''s still moving when you jump off to tie up the dock lines (as they always are, especially if there''s any wind). If the wind is pushing the boat away from the dock, you jump off, and can''t control it in time you''re in big trouble as there''s nobody on board to bring it in. That''s one reason I keep my boat on a mooring and go into the dock only in moderate winds.
Furthermore, tacking also becomes progressively tiring on a bigger boat. There''s a fixed amount of energy required to move the headsail through the wind which increases with boat size. And, you''d be doing a lot of short tacking on Lake Pleasant.
I''d suggest 27-30 feet as a maximum practical size unless you''re planning to keep on Lake Pleasant for a while and then move the boat to San Diego.