Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Luanda, Angola
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Hi there and sorry for yet another dumb (and predictable) question.
I'm having a really hard time deciding on the size of my first boat. I know it's only natural and a zillion people had this same question before but I can't seem to make a decision, regardless of all the reviews and posts I've been reading. I've been racing (crew member) for a while now in a 40 feet, I like the space and I have a large family. Wife, 2 older boys and a baby girl.
My wife is not really into sailing (a bit scared of the ocean) as well as my younger boy. My oldest races Optimists.
I "think" I want a boat for day and weekend cruises with the family, mostly and some week short cruises, although I'm almost sure I'll spend a lot of time coastal cruising just with my oldest.
I'm living in the african west coast where the sea is pretty calm and there's hardly any wind but I'll be returning to the european western coast in a few years, where it´s a little rougher as you know.
I'm buying the boat in Europe and I'll either sail it down or I'll just ship it down.
The thing is, as I'm on a tight budget, I can't decide between a 2005-2007 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32i, well equipped and nice and shiny or an older 39-40 feet, although I could really, really try harder and bargain for a 36...
Will I really need the space and/or size? Also, I'm not an expert sailor. Will size get in the way?
Besides room space, I've been wanting to do the ARC for a while so I'm afraid I buy a small boat that won't allow me to cross the Atlantic, although I'm quite sure it will probably be a one time experience...
Well, I would sure appreciate some of your knowledge and experience to help me sort this out.