Underwater Basket Weaver
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I bought my boat full well knowing it wasn't going to be my last.. It's just not going to be up to snuff for the extended cruising I have planned. A 30 year old, 24 foot IOR boat just won't make crossing the pond, while technically do-able, an enjoyable experience. The day after I bought it, I was (and still am) in the market for a mid-30-40 footer..
However, here's the reasons I bought it - While I've been sailing since I was a kid, there was an extended period of time where I hadn't set foot on a boat. Re-learning and re-familiarizing myself on a smaller boat seemed a smarter thing to do. Second, it was dirt cheap.. third, the larger boat I'm in the market for is, on my budget, going to need some work. I wanted a cheap boat I can take out and sail while I worked on the other one. Also, once I get this larger boat I'm moving aboard to cut costs, and I wanted a ready-to-go-at-a-moments-notice boat to go sailing as my slip-mate. Two boats in slips is still cheaper than rent around here..
My advice? Boat prices go up exponentially with size.. just like how a 40 footer isn't twice the size of a 20 footer.. it's more like 4 times the size in terms of volume. Get a boat you can afford, and go sailing.. lots of people end up very happy with boats that are smaller than they originally wanted. In many ways, (and one of the other reasons I'll be keeping the 727), smaller boats are a lot more fun - shallower drafts means you can go more places.. they react faster to sail trim, helms, gusts, etc (and hone your skills faster in the process), and they're MUCH cheaper to store and maintain (just like prices and size, almost every cost associated with a boat grows exponentially in size).
1976 Northstar Farr 727
I can't imagine mastering the skills involved here without a clearer understanding of who's going to be impressed.