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Re: Another Caliber Question...
Well the 47 is 30000 lbs vs 21600 lbs so it is a lot about 1/3 bigger, and loads are going to be a lot more. Heck a 40 is a lot of boat to single hand, and will possibly require electric some winches to make it easier to single hand. The 47 is going to take a lot more electronic assistance to make it realistic to single hand. Sails will be much heavier, but more importantly the loads on the sails will be much bigger! So on a 40 you might be able to easily trim a jib, but not so much so on a 47. Ongoing expenses will likely be double for the 47 than they would be for the 40, because not only is everything bigger in size it is of larger gauge. So a stay may only be on third longer, it is likely one or two sizes bigger around so likely two or three times the cost. Then those fittings are bigger and again more expensive. I think you really are going about it the wrong way, you really should be looking for the smallest boat to do what you want in comfort, not the biggest you can get away with. So if a 47 foot boat (assuming since this is a serious cruising boat you are really going cruising as in circumnavigation), is going to cost twice as much to run at least you will likely only be able to cruse for half as long. Thing is for say two couples a 40 foot boat is going to be just as comfortable as a 47 foot boat for the most part. After a point you don't really gain much more usable space unless you are thinking you are going to be hosting large groups all the time and have an unlimited budget. Plus the prices the 47 appears to be close to three to four times the price out the door.
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