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Re: Smallest boat you can live with
I started overnighting with a friend's 22-foot O'Day (a nice little boat). Not much more than a tent with counter, but fun to sail. Then I went to a 26 footer with standing headroom (I'm pretty short), a 2-burner alcohol stove and slightly more counter space. We then bought what could have been the final big boat, a 34-foot ketch (Grampian 34). This had a great aft cabin with a nice double bed and real closet. Galley was acceptable, with oven and cooler. Space was small, but comfortable for two. Lots of storage. Best of all, we could afford her.
Our current boat, a 37-cutter (Rafiki 37) became financially available thanks to the recession. She's slightly larger, but set up with much larger tankage, better storage, galley, deck layout, and generally more seaworthy. I miss the aft cabin, but for two people we are very comfortable. At this point I really don't need anything more.
When we went looking for our current (and hopefully last) "smallest boat" we knew we wanted something in the 37 to 42 foot range. Our Rafiki is actually 36.75' so we're even smaller than that, but so far she feels perfect for our needs.
Why go fast, when you can go slow.