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Re: How big is too big for one man?

I'm a 4chan old fag so I think I can handle any troll answers lol. You're right though, people start strong and peter out quick a lot of times. However, sailing isn't something I just got interested in yesterday this is just the first forum I joined.

I'll be sure not to inundate the forums with broad and newbie questions. I just wanted to get an idea of what size of boat one man is looking for and what sort of styles are our there. As for learning to sail, I've already opened multiple links from this website alone and have been browsing the other posts on the topic nonstop while waiting for replies to my questions. I'm worried I'm going to burn myself out on the info lol
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Re: How big is too big for one man?

FWIW, I disagree with the "buy a small boat" approach. It's fiscally wasteful and unnecessary.

Do the research, figure out what kind of boat meets your needs, shop among the boats that fills those needs, and buy your boat.

But wait, that doesn't mean that you should learn to sail on a 40 footer as your first boat. Go to sailing clubs. Borrow dinghies, crew on a variety of raceboats on Wednesday nights and distance regattas. You can build your sailing skills without owning an entire series of boats.

Once you build your skills, start sailing your own battleship. By then, you should have a fair clue about what you're doing.
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I like this guy. The first person to be helpful out of everyone :P I was thinking wine cask as it seems more cultured and elegant if you will. And I don't like Apple, I use Toshiba. Besides, no one teaches sail fish how to sail and he seems to be just fine.
Yes, wine casks are more elegant for sure, but they are wood so they leak, and there is a ton of varnish work to maintain. that is why he recommended a beer keg. Now if you take aesthetics over practicality and like wood boats, that is a whole different kettle of fish! But there are not a lot of wooden boat owners here, that is a whole different kind of insanity! (there are some very nice wooden boat owners here so I don't mean to offend, too much)
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Yes, wine casks are more elegant for sure, but they are wood so they leak, and there is a ton of varnish work to maintain. that is why he recommended a beer keg. Now if you take aesthetics over practicality and like wood boats, that is a whole different kettle of fish! But there are not a lot of wooden boat owners here, that is a whole different kind of insanity! (there are some very nice wooden boat owners here so I don't mean to offend, too much)
Beer keg? Did you just start another steel boat thread???
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Beer keg? Did you just start another steel boat thread???
OH no it is the Brent Brewery.....

You can brew beer with harbor water for less than 10 cents a pint!
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Re: How big is too big for one man?

If you are going to be in the Coast Guard, that may be a 20 year committment. 20 years of living on your 40 footer prior to your circumnavigation, if you don't start small. 20 years of high slip rent. And you better get good at docking in some less than ideal circumstances, because you won't be able to delay returning from a trip due to high winds or bad weather on your day off.

I would definitely start smaller and save my money for the big one. Start the full refit when you are getting close to retirement.
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Re: How big is too big for one man?

BUT, since we are dreaming, why not a Valiant 40?
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I think I read somewhere that it is Bob Perry's favorite design (of his own).
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Re: How big is too big for one man?

i am finding that 41 formosa is perfect for one female with feline. would also work well for a couple i like sailing ketch on long passages as it is a lot easier to handle short handed and work in a blow.
you definitely need hands on real time sailing, not info or virtual simulators.
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Re: How big is too big for one man?

I think it is rather rude to say one is too important to read the threads that have gone before but would instead ask questions that have been asked many times before and answered--with great effort by many.

If research is too hard for you I expect you won't make it very far.

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Re: How big is too big for one man?

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I was gathering that you don't want a large cockpit for open sea sailing. I read that it's more susceptible to storms? Am I wrong about that?
I guess it depends upon your definition of large. I can set 4 comfortably in the cockpit, it has an offset steering console so you don't have to climb over a seat to get forward of the helm, and I have a very comfortable, pedestal helm seat that I installed, which makes those longer trips far more bearable than sitting on one of those humped contraptions used by racers.

Additionally, when the weather is cold and nasty I have a full enclosure that transforms the cockpit into a wonderful greenhouse environment. It can be 40 degrees outside the enclosure, while inside I can be sailing in shirtsleeves and shorts - it makes that much of a difference.

I've never measured the cockpit with a ruler, but I guess it probably measures about 9 to 10-feet long and about 7 to 8-feet wide. Nice and roomy for four adults, 5 if they're good friends.

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