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View Poll Results: How much longer (or shorter) will your next boat be?
10 or more feet longer 53 17.49%
7 to 9 feet longer 56 18.48%
4 to 6 feet longer 70 23.10%
1 to 3 feet longer 19 6.27%
same length *or* I'm perfectly happy with what I have 72 23.76%
1 to 3 feet shorter 3 0.99%
4 to 6 feet shorter 10 3.30%
7 to 9 feet shorter 10 3.30%
10 or more feet shorter 10 3.30%
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How much longer (or shorter) is your next boat going to be?

It seems we all want a bigger boat. Is this really true? Or are some of us looking to downsize? And are some of us perfectly happy with what we've got?

I propose a poll to see is bigger is really better. How many feet longer is your next boat going to be? To keep this reasonably accurate, use realistic buying plans, not a pie-in-the-sky wish list. (No Queen Marys please, unless of course, you are the Queen.)

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How much longer (or shorter) is your next boat going to be?

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It seems we all want a bigger boat. Is this really true? Or are some of us looking to downsize? And are some of us perfectly happy with what we've got?

I propose a poll to see if bigger is really better. How many feet longer is your next boat going to be? To keep this reasonably accurate, use realistic buying plans, not a pie-in-the-sky wish list. (No Queen Marys please, unless of course, you are the Queen.)

Good luck!

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I think that it depends on where you are in life... it seems that most people go up to a larger boat and then as the kids and such no longer sail commonly with them...downsize... Many important sailing figures have settled on rather small boats as their ideal sailboat...

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Capt. Nat Herreshoff designed for himself the 26' "Alerion III". When Capt. Nat was in his seventies and living in Florida, he sailed a 30' K/CB "Pleasure"

Joel White sailed a Bridges Point 24 named "Ellisha" after his grandaughter

Phil Rhodes sailed a wooden 25 footer named "Nixie"

Carl Alberg sailed a 26' Pearson Commander named after his wife "Alma"

Bob Perry sails a 26' Cirrus called "Perrywinkle"

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I am very happy with my 32 foot. I had a 27 foot that I lived aboard but it was just a little small for me. I have room now and hopefully this is as big as I will go; unless Bill Gates decides to give me a few million dollars of his pocket change.


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At 52 years old and still fooling around J24 racing I see a Catalina 309 in the future


When the time is right in 2 or 3 years there will be enough used ones and it is about all the boat i feel the wife and i need to overnight without getting out of control with boatyard costs


And boatyard costs are buy far my biggest factor as they will exceed the boat cost in 10 years more or less due the limited amount of DIY that is allowed

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We're on our last boat. The prior one was a 34 footer and we were perfectly happy with it, but it was a coastal cruiser. We debated whether to keep sailing that one and get the offshore boat later or get the offshore boat sooner and start enjoying the benefits sooner too. We're having a great time with the bigger boat, but dock fees went up, insurance, fuel costs, maintenance costs etc.

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Seven feet longer please. 27 ft to 34 seems reasonable. (until I get a 34, then 42 will look like a "must have"!)

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Wow - a good thread in OT? Go figure. This is good info.
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My last was a 25'. but I lived in FL and kept it on the St John with day dreams of longer cruising. Now I live out side of Dallas and want something easy to trailer. I'll rent a Cabin on the lake instead.

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I have a 25'. It takes a while to set up and take down and is probably too big for most of the waters around here. The best would be something small for the area, then charter when I can get to bigger waters.

I just cannot get over the fact that my family fits better on a 25' boat.
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