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Sailing Question

My wife wants to know how big of a boat that 4 casually experienced sailors could manage without too much effort.

50' or more?
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Re: Sailing Question

Your definition of "manage" and mine are likely too far apart to be worth discussing.
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Re: Sailing Question

I'm going to answer conservatively because "casually experienced" could be interpreted in a lot of different ways.

45' in good conditions the entire time. The bigger, usually, the more automatic things come, if your chartering or buying new, maybe.

Try being more specific and you could get refined answers.
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Way too many variables involved here for a succinct answer.

When the flotsam hits the fan on a 50'er it's lots of flotsam hitting a big fan.
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Re: Sailing Question

My wife is writing a story and it involves 4 females on a boat. So while realistic estimates would be nice, it's not a real world situation.
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Re: Sailing Question

43.31416 feet.

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It's for a book? Pick a length between 35 and 43 feet, above 45 you have to get into more automation and electric winches to handle sails, mooring/unmooring etc. It may also depend on how much coin these fictional women have.

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Re: Sailing Question

If the boat is an expensive high end one with lots of electrics/hydraulics and no problems then 50 feet might be manageable with 4 decent sailors.

If it's not necessary to the story then keeping the boat 40 feet or under would be more realistic and practical - and ring more true to knowledgeable readers.
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Re: Sailing Question

Poor, half-starved prison-camp-survivor-looking 'supermodel' types, or healthy husky gals who "can eat their own weight up in crabmeat"?

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Re: Sailing Question

Not to sound rude..........I think you can answer your own question.......Would you let your wife and three other "casually experienced" females take your P30 out on an u-none adventure.........hmmmm!
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Re: Sailing Question

Any of the newer 50+ footers with all roller furling (in mast, not boom) would be a piece of cake, for your story. Oysters, Amels, and on the upper end Little Harbors, are all pretty idiot proof, for your purposes (remember guys, it's for a story, not cruising, so don't bash me too much).
Of course, you wouldn't find any of those in a bare boat fleet, so if that's in there, so you'd do well to check out what they are offering in your range. Much less idiot proof, but perhaps serviceable.
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