Join Date: Jul 2014
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Size vs. Condition/Amenities?
Hi there guys, I'm new here just getting back into sailing. I grew up lake hopping in Michigan on a little 17 foot daysailer, and the only thing bigger than that I have had was a Catalina 22.
I'm sure this is the topic of a thousand threads but I'll be damned if I could find one.
I now live on Puget Sound and I'm looking to get something to liveaboard. I have my budget of $20,000 but I was wondering about whether I should look for the biggest boat I can afford (barring structural damage, I'm not afraid of doing some work and spending a few bucks to fix her up) or if I would be better off getting the newest boat with the best amenities and least work involved. I also often hear the philosophy about buying the smallest boat that you can live with. I dont mind small boats that are well equipped. I lived in a 20 foot shipping container in Afghanistan for 8 months, so I know what I can and cant get by with as far as creature features.
I'm not simply asking "whats the best boat", because thats been done a bazzilian times and the answer is the same: "Its up to you". I'm also not worried right now about simple add-ons like Chartplotters or other electronics.
I'm just wondering what would be the better choice here, for example:
1984 Jeaneau Arcadia 30
Nice equipment, not a lot of work needed. It is pretty much turn key. Has all the features on my wish list, but is a couple inches less headroom than I would like.
Has pressure hot and cold water
Fully enclosed head, shower easily added
Decent amount of storage.
1970 Columbia 36
Feels a lot bigger inside, quite a bit more headroom.
Lots of storage
Needs a lot of elbow grease to clean things up, and could use updates to a lot of the equipment.
These are just examples. I know that obviously you cant change the size of your boat, but at the same time, bigger is more expensive to maintain, keep in a slip and potentially tougher to get under way in light air. (I want to sail this thing, not just park it at the dock.) But when living aboard I'm sure any additional space will be appreciated.
So what do you guys think? Super basic: bigger or nicer if given the same price?