Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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Re: Smallest boat you can live with
When considering the size of the boat I decided to start to renovate, a lot of factors came into play. I guess my first parameter was seaworthiness, followed by cost to fix up and cost of future maintenance. I'm also a big fan of simplicity and wanted to maintain the feel of a sailboat, not a floating collection of gadgets and canvas. The old, narrow configuration of my A35 seems like about the minimum amount of space to be somewhat comfortable even for one person. Two is possible with a bit of rearranging.
The amount of gear that needs to be stowed below for long term cruising fills every available nook and cranny, including both sides of the v-berth and the one main cabin bunk I don't use. I keep the decks clear, not cluttered with stuff to trip over or worry about when it gets snotty. So it all goes below. The liferaft comes up when offshore.
For short term cruising it would be entirely different but I take off for months at a time and need to be prepared for anything that might happen. That supports the idea above that it all depends on how you plan to use the boat. For long term cruising, I don't know how you would fit RIB, bike, liferaft, sails, food, extra water, kayak, clothes, tools, sewing machine, many replacement parts, extra anchors, fiberglass supplies, paints, extra lines of many sorts, blocks, electronics, wetsuits, extra fuel, adequate fenders and fender boards, stove fuel, books, emergency signaling kit, sea anchor, drogue, ditch bag, chain and fittings, sewing kit, sailcloth, etc. in anything much smaller than 35'.
Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.
Last edited by smurphny; 08-30-2014 at 09:02 AM.