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"Am I over-estimating the extra hassle of using a larger boat primarily as a day sailer?" No. However, this may help;
At one point recently I had access to three different sailboats that I could play on at any given time. One was a Laser, one was a C-22 swing keel and the other is the C-30. Being able to compare the practicality of the three within the same weekend has given me some insight on the shortcomings of the boats.
The laser is a 1-2 person lightweight race boat. Super fast hull and an absolute workout to sail in stiff wind. We have a blast sailing it and actually I have more fun on the laser than the larger boats. However, it is pure sailing- not relaxing.
The C22 is a fun boat to sail. Not fast, not slow. You can relax on it a bit and there is enough room down below to take a nap, get out of the sun for a minute ect. Things get really cramped, really quick when you invite a few friend out with you though.
The C30 takes a few more minutes to get ready to cast off than the C22, however, once underway, the boat does everything better than the C22. She is faster, more stable and can accommodate a few couples for a comfortable day on the water.
Personally, I sometimes miss getting of work, heading to the marina, 10 minutes later we are on our way and within the hour catching the perfect sunset with a good drink in hand. The 30 requires a little more planning to accomplish this. The fact that she draws almost 6 feet means tides come into play and things like that. To me though, the trade off is worth it. The inboard engine far outclasses the outboard on the C22. Livability and space wins over the C22's 4"6" headroom. Guess it depends on what you expect out of the boat. They all have their attributes. In the end however, I ended up with what I feel is the perfect compromise for me. The C30 does everything the C22 did only better. So out with the 22. The laser now fills the desire to get out on the water quickly and without any planning. I think this could mean that in order for you to accomplish this with one boat, something is the original size range you first talked about may work for you. A C25 or maybe C27 may work out well for you. What you want to do is what they were designed for.
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