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Re: Pocketcruisers in central U.S.,and beyond
Haha! That just happened to me as well. There's a little island (glorfied sand bar with trees on it) in the bay here. I sailed my boat right up to the beach and let the kids off to play. You should have seen the faces of people cruising by. Another boat beached where we were and said, "We've NEVER seen a sailboat here. We didn't know it was possible!"
My rudder is about six inches deeper than my hull draft. I need a kickup rudder. Pulling the rudder off and putting it back on is a little bit of a pain.
Luckily on the Morgan, the swing keel doesn't take up any room in the cabin. It swings up into a pocket in the keel. (Which explains my 2 foot draft versus your 1 foot draft... you've got me seriously jealous here!) This little boat has 1400lbs of lead ballast, so the keel doesn't do anything for weight anyway. I never even put it down unless I'm offshore, because it does help for stablity in the swells and for reducing side slip. But most of my time is in the bay where I'm just sailing and not actually concerned about much more than a general direction.
I plan to do quite a bit of overnighting this fall and winter. Do I wish I had more room? Sure, at times. But honestly, this boat is so perfect that to justify a larger boat for me, it would have to be something I lived on. Anything bigger than this one would be worse all the way around on day sails in the bay and severely limit my shallow water gunkholing. Hell- I don't need a dinghy right now! No, if I go bigger it will be something over 30 feet, which will altogether change the way I use the boat. I can't see going slightly bigger, which would accomplish nothing meaningful for my purposes, and still be too small to live on. But that's just me. Horses for courses and all that.