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Re: Choosing the right boat
An interesting question and lots of answers based on other's preferences and experiences.
I have a small light trailersailer, perhaps a bit small but its easy to tow, launch and retrieve, sailing is also pretty easy.
I have owned a maxi trailersailer of 28 foot and 6000lb with the trailer, its too much to tow etc. and still call it fun.
Being male, I bought what I wanted. My partner and I agreed that I was the sailor and she was happy to stay at home if she did not like the boat stuff (we have been doing it a long time so there were no surprises).
So I got what I wanted and needed. She who must be respected does come along on cruises and copes very well in the modest accommodation aboard a RL24 (about 3000lb with the trailer). We have an agreement that anytime she wishes we can pull into a marina or haul the yacht out and move into a hotel for the holiday. So far, she has never asked me to cut a cruise short. If the weather is rough, I generally wait with us hoteling it and doing the land based holiday waiting for the weather to improve.
I have learnt my partner stays aboard because we visit wonderful places, we don't hurry and I do my best to avoid heavy weather.
So far my longest destination was 3000km on road over a 10 week trip, she flew up and we spent 4 weeks cruising. There is no way a larger coastal yacht could cover the distances I travel or access the rivers and shallow anchorages I have enjoyed.
To me the advantage of the lighter trailerable yacht is I don't need to do the coastal transits between the coastal waters I access with the trailerable yacht.
My home coastal waters are Bass Straight, the yacht I would need to cruise my area is not suitable for the rest of my cruising needs and Bass Straight is not my idea of fun.
The longest we have spent aboard was 4 weeks cruising the central Whitsunday Islands. We took advantage of the excellent marinas to stretch our legs and recover from small boat life, we also went to anchorages such as Hill Inlet which are not suitable for deeper draft yachts.
I have no comments on power boats, our time is so limited we find the small trailer yacht suits our current needs.
When we retire, I expect we will buy something like a Mangrove Jack 28 motor sailor and go coastal cruising on the Queensland coast for a year or two then sell the yacht.
Even when retired, we will probably keep the RL24, its not a big investment and costs to keep are low. As I get more frail, I expect the RL24 with its light mast and light gear will keep me afloat in protected waters without too much fuss.
If the large power boat and yacht suits you, consider getting a trailerable trimaran which could also be stored in a pen.