Join Date: Aug 2003
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IMHO, I don't think that 5 people and gear will fit in a 28' boat. My second boat was a Newport 28, a standard production cruiser / racer. I bought it because it was the smallest boat that my family of 5 could overnight in (me, my wife, and 3 kids, 5, 8, 11 at the time). The problem was that when you were in sleep mode, there was no room for gear. So you were constantly stepping on things and / or people in order to move around. It was fine for one night, but got old quickly for longer than that.
For a week with 5 people, my 35' O'day is great. Everyone gets a bunk and there is room for gear too.
Regarding learning on a'big' boat, I would prefer to learn on something much smaller, like 22 or under. Docking, leaving the dock, raising, reefing, lowering sail, trimming headsails, etc. all require a lot more skill on a bigger boat. Once you get the hang of it, it's just as easy to sail a bigger boat. BUT, trying to muscle a 12,000 lb. boat to the dock is a lot harder than with a 3000 lb boat.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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