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I know but has anyone actually tried it?

Hi all,

Looking for my next boat and plan on using it for cruising after a couple years of daysailing and weekending. The boats I keep coming back to for a number of reasons are all 25'. Everything I've read and common knowledge states categorically that a 25' boat is too small for a couple to cruise on.

By cruising I mean a lot of coastal hopping with 2-3 major passages where we'll have several days out of sight of land.

I'll save the seaworthiness of a boat that small for another debate. Just curious if ther are any couples out there that have actually cruised for at least 6 months on a 25' boat and what their impression was and how it worked out. Any stories from those that have lived to tell the tale?

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I bought a Pearson 26 to someday cruise on and it was too small. I couldn't deal with not being able to stand up, bumping my head when i woke up etc... There's not enough storage space, or a proper galley or head either. If it is going to be a boat you want to grow attached to and build up, don't shy away from a larger boat. Move up to 29-32 ft and it will be a different world. A boat that size can easily be singlehanded, will probably have an inboard (which is very important for safety issues) and will be more comfortable at anchor. 1/4 berths and small aftcabins are more likely on the larger boats, and great to have! Now i'm stuck trying to sell the P26 while i toil away tring to get my SC ready. It's like a stepping stone i didn't need. My uncle is a seasoned cruisesr and i have watched him move through several boats....SC28, IP29, ?34 etc. He now has a IP 38 and says he should have just started there. I should have listened myself
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Unless it is a 25' Catamaran, it is very likely that a 25' boat is going to be too small for a couple. Head room on most 25' boats is fairly limited... and unless you're shorter than I am, you'll probably want something more like a 28-30' boat. An Alberg 30, Southern Cross 28/31, Cape Dory 28, are all good choices.
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Mike,
It all depends on you. A friend and I sailed to England from New York on a 27-foot Albin Vega. We had lots of room and that’s a small 27-footer compared to a fatter boat like a Catalina. When I was younger I lived on a 22-foot Sea Sprite and sailed one of them to England from Rhode Island and also found that I had lots of room. I have a friend that spends the winter living on her 40 footer in Florida and she wants a larger boat. It all depends on what you, not others, think is enough and what you and you partner needed at the time.
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Being less hard-headed these days, I think the reasons for skipping over a 25 footer are valuable. At 6'2" headroom will definitely be an issue, and the head and galley issue have already been a point of concern. Thank you for the feedback and Sailingdog thank you for the suggestions. Your posts are always helpful.

I love the lines of the Cape Dory, that shouldn't be too painful...

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You're welcome...also should look at the Bristols and the Cape Dory 30...

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If you don't know about them you should really check out the Martin family who circumnavigated on a Cal 25.

Sail the World with the Martin Family
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You are probably aware of these folks down at the lower end of the length spectrum:

Microcruising in the Bahamas

They are just crossing to the Bahamas, but if you look in their links on the left at famous small boats, there are some amazing stories. I am not suggesting that you go that small, but it is some interesting reading to put things in perspective...
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My previous boat was a Pearson 26. My wife and I cruised it each summer from western Long Island Sound to points east (Block Island, Newport, Martha's Vineyard, etc.) for periods as long as 3-4 weeks. I don't think I would want to spend longer periods than that on such a small boat. The recommendations for a bigger boat make great sense. It's surprising how much additional room you will pick up by going to 28-30 feet.
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Check this website out

This is the story/log of a couple whou cruised the islands on a 27 footer. Welcome to the Destiny Calls Home Page

It is great reading for everyone.
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