Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: South Coast Ontario
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Remember when you first learned how to drive?
Now, make your car twice as long.
Quadruple the weight.
Install bald tires.
Disconnect the brakes.
Lay a sheet of ice on the street.
Okay, now, park it in a space two feet wider and three feet shorter than the car with a wall at the front end.
THAT is the hardest part of sailing, and the part where boat size really has the biggest effect- docking. If you plan to be sailing solo much of the time, I wouldn't look for a boat longer than 26' as your first boat, properly equipped for single handing. If you and your crew will be learning to sail together, I'd offer that 30-32' feet is maximum length.
No matter how big your boat is, you will ALWAYS be looking for a bigger boat in a year or two. Rather than worrying about length, worry about equipment and/or accomodations.
My wife and I and our 2 dogs summer aboard a 23 foot boat. Comfortably.
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