Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Guanaja, Bay Islands, Honduras
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Re: How Big Should Your's Be?
I've been single handling my little 28 foot sloop around the Carb. since I was 19 years old. 22 years later I've realized I would'nt want any thing bigger. I could do it, but I've found the equipment on say, my buddies 38 footer, is so much heavier and takes a lot more energy to handle. I deliver a 42 footer to The Rio Dulce and back every year and I usually hurt my self messing around with one thing or another. I can whip my little sloop around real easy, handle the sails, raise the main with just my body weight etc. I work on an 85 foot tug and 280 foot fuel barge with 3" dock lines, I'm not the incredable hulk, but at 41 and 3/4 years old, I'm still kind of strong due to the nature of my work. Still I enjoy the freedom of knowing I can physically handle the equipment and hull size of my soverel 28. As for space, I have plenty, I can sit here or there...or up there, I have 3 bunks to choose from. I also like my shallow draft of 3 feet with the center board up and the deep of 8 feet with it down. My hull is easier to maintain, clean. I've even beached it on desserted beaches to do repair. I can warp it around at docks with litttle effort. And my expenses due to lack of gadgets to repair makes my whole experience affordable and enjoyable.
" Some are boat wise and some are other wise"