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Re: Go bigger or go now?
My understanding is that S2's are well-built boats.
I guess you have the 8.5 or 8.6 shoal draft.
It is definitely true that you can pick up a larger boat for a very low cost, but the question is- How long will it take you to bring it up to the condition of your current boat?
I would also say that it's not only size that inspires confidence, it's design. A poorly designed 35 foot boat may feel more scary in snotty weather, than a well designed 25 footer.
If your current boat is well-maintained, and you are confident in the boat, then I advise you to "run what you brung" instead of starting over.
Since you have upgraded the engine, your boat is well suited to driving down the ICW, and then hopping over to the Carribbean. If you are truly comfortable with the cabin space in your boat, then it shouldn't feel like a prison to you while you cruise and anchor.
My personal preference, is a 30 foot boat and about 8,000 to 10,000 lbs. For me, 30 feet is the magic number for confidence, comfort, ability to singlehand, and affordability of maintenance. I wouldn't take my Pearson 30 across the Atlantic, but I would sail it from New Foundland, to the Carribbean, without using the ICW.
So far, my sportiest sail has been upwind in 35kts with a reefed main and a 90% jib in a short chop. The boat handled like a dream, and I was pleasantly surprised. I was driving for a race's starting line. The rest of the race was downwind, so I got to drive on multiple points of sail in that mess.
If your boat gives you that feeling of confidence, then you may as well save your money and stick with what you've got.
Alacrity, 1981 Tartan 33 #168