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Join Date: Jul 2006
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How tall is the mast? How big is the genoa? Do all of the lines run back to the cockpit, or is all of the equipment to do a single task in one area (i.e. can you both hand raise the main, winch it the last few inches and keep yourself in the wind all from the same spot?) Your biggest issues will revolve around the strength it takes to raise the main, sheet the main, furl the genoa under heavy load (i.e. big winds) and sheet the genoa. For a cruising couple, make sure you can do it all singlehanded. My wife and I are liveaboard cruisers, with our two kids, but we run the boat singlehanded on night watches. Without electric winches, I'm pretty happy with our 40 footer. Something larger, even at our younger age, would have to be pretty well laid out for us to consider it. Regarding the windlass, we have a manual windlass but we haven't celebrated as many anniversaries of our 29th birdthdays as you have. Strictly speaking, you should assume you have to do everything by hand (assume electrical failure), so if you have a big anchor for a big boat and you can't raise it by hand, you should look for a smaller anchor. Realistically, unless you are doing world cruising, you won't be stressing the equipment quite so much, and you can depend on it for the most part, and depend on other cruisers if you're in a pinch.
Keep in mind, by the way, that racing hulls do not necessarily make a comfortable cruising boat. They tend to be twitchy, rolly and more difficult to manage in heavier winds and seas.
s/v "Pelican" Passport 40 #076- Finished Cruising - for the moment -
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