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Boats that feel Big (Tartan 30)
I just got a chance to sail on a Tartan 30. It seemed well built, has a LOT of space down below, and I think if I could find the starboard galley version, it would be a great liveaboard/day sailor/overnighter and as soon as I can get back to 0, and get some money in savings, hopefully do for some cruising.
But she feels BIG. I''ve sailed 35 footers that feel smaller. Just intimidated me a little. She matches everything I was looking for, but I''m hesitant to get into something that I know I cant man handle. I''ve gotten alot better with my boat about not using force, setting my sails right and not overpowering, coming into dock slow, so I can step off and have the boat stop in just the right place, etc, but I''m afraid of moving up to something I may lose control of and have it cause thousands in damage to the dock, and to itself.
Now, in my head, I know the bigger gozzard I was on a few weeks before, or the pearson 38 a week before that, or any one of a host of other boats I''ve been on would do the same thing, but they dont feel so big to me.