Apparently it is not inarguable.
We have all been arguing about it for pages now.
I didn't realize that the end goal here is for us to agree with you, Doug. I still don't. I'd much rather have a well equipped cozy 30 footer than a 50 ft + boat.
Different tastes, different needs different desires. You like what you like, I like what I like.
Why do you have such a problem with that, and feel it is necessary to denigrate anyone who doesn't think bigger is better, as seen, yet again, with your comment quoted above?
From Yofy: "A larger boat would make life aboard more comfortable..."
And that is the unarguable bottom line which has been fairly elusive to extract from the die hard "we love our 30 something footer" group. :-)
A more comfortable life.... and there you have it.
"A more comfortable life ..." A more comfortable life
... not boat
, but life
... A boat is part of a life, but not the complete picture. Let's look at the whole picture.
You have a large comfortable boat and a job - right now, a "regular" job, in the future you intend to charter the large comfortable boat, by my definition, still a "job" as you cater to someone else's needs & schedule than your own.
I have a small comfortable boat and no need for a job - not now nor ever in the future (barring the sort of political developments whose discussion would move this thread to off-topic).
You enjoy doing the maintenance on that large boat. I enjoy watching someone else support his family by doing the maintenance on our small boat, his work paid for with the money left over from purchase of same small boat. (And before we get sidetracked - yes, I am perfectly capable of changing an impeller, stitching a sail, tracking down the source of a leak, all the safety skills whose lack could get you in serious trouble in a deserted anchorage. Different issue. Needs vs wants.)
What ticks me off about this "conversation" is that the undertone keeps shifting from bigger-is-better for some
people, to bigger-is-better for everyone
, if they would only admit it to themselves.
Our marina hosted a raftup last year in a great little anchorage, with a 6-1/2 foot bar at the entrance. Two of our dock neighbors with 40-45 foot boats couldn't attend the party because they were nervous about their draft on the way in. Left lots more free beer for those of us who had smaller, shallower boats.