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My first boat was a Catalina 22. Great for a day sail. But i got hooked on sailing and wanted a boat big enough for my family (wife and three kids) to spend overnight trips on. I bought a Newport 28 and we did a few weekends trips. The problem with 5 people on a 28' boat is that there is nowhere to put the 'stuff' when you are sleep mode. There is too much stuff and not enough storage. The Newport was fine for a single night, and tolerable for two nights, but too small for longer than that.
If you are serious, I would look for a boat at least 34' and the close to 40 the better. To really live on the boat you will want a decent size shower, decent size ice box / fridge, galley big enough to cook in, etc. My O'day 35 is great for a week but I don't know if I would want five people on it for more than two weeks.
In short, if you want to spend a night or weekend, a 28' would be OK. Longer than that would really require a bigger boat.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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