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Hello from Newfoundland

Hello members, I am a long time ex sailor heading towards retirement in a couple of years. Thinking of selling my current residence and shifting to a floating one.
Spent about two weeks now looking at different types and sizes of cruisers. Liking the baba 40, but really don't know which end is up in this area. Thinking of some coastal and possibly something more exciting - who knows. Just trying too find a safe place to put some funds that I will not regret.
Seems like 40 is a safe size for comfort and suitable accommodations for a couple of couples, but still manageable for a single hander.
Just thoughts as of right now, but change is in the wind.
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Welcome... Good luck in your new ventures. Lots of potential for research here and on other sites; keep in mind that for your stated purposes 35 feet might do and would be disproportionately less expensive on all fronts.
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Baba 40s are lovely boats but I agree with Fast. If I were single handing permanently then I'd prefer to keep size down round 35'.

Its not the sailing thats the problem, its moving in and out of tight marina berths and the like. 35 is so much easier to manoeuvre than 41 if you are on your own and as Fast says, costs are going to be less.

Going on my experience of a 34'er, I found her too cramped for a couple but I could have done it one up.

ps - having just read something else .... not all 35 foot boats are created equal. Its overall size thats important in terms of living space not just length.
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..... its moving in and out of tight marina berths and the like. 35 is so much easier to manoeuvre than 41 if you are on your own and as Fast says, costs are going to be less......
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Input appreciated. So many points to consider. I always think of windward legs in a chop, some weight and length helps.
I'll post my thoughts for feedback as I search.
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... as you will oh-so-soon find out!!
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Welcome fellow Canuck.

Was a Datsun a part of your prior life? I had a 510.
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I have had a few. Still have a 240 and a 280 - a lover of old school Nissan. The handle was a third attempt to find an unused name.
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I have had a few. Still have a 240 and a 280 - a lover of old school Nissan. The handle was a third attempt to find an unused name.
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I usually sail in the Pacific NorthWest, which to a Canadian is the Pacific SouthWest. I do most of my work for a company out of Sidney BC.
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I sailed west coast Canada in the seventies with the Canadian navy. Went as far north as Skagway and south to Hawaii beautiful experiences. Might get back someday if my thoughts can become something more.
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