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10-02-2016 12:13 AM
Re: Life aboard a 24'' sloop?

Have a look for articles etc by Dave & Jaja Martin. They sailed around the Pacific for years in a Cal 25, and didn't upgrade to their big boat (a steel 32' they called named Driver) until they were due their 3rd child. Last I read anything by them they were doing high latitude sailing just north of Sweden.
09-28-2016 12:28 PM
Re: Life aboard a 24'' sloop?

Originally Posted by SV Dayenu View Post
Thanks for the towing tips.

Our plan is to swap our chevy for a dodge 2500 with a 5.8 cummins (we're not speed demons and stick to the 55mph limit). Towing capacity is way over our #7,000 "package" (Boat and trailer). We rented one to bring Dayenu home when we bought her, traveling over the Siskiu range (LOTS of steep passes/grades), and I had to keep looking back to see if we still had the boat in tow... Absolutely wonderful!

I had a Dodge 2500 when I bought a Chrysler 22. It towed it like there was nothing behind the boat. The C26 is a bigger boat but should be fine.

Good luck in your journey.
09-28-2016 12:14 PM
SV Dayenu
Re: Life aboard a 24'' sloop?

Thanks for the towing tips.

Our plan is to swap our chevy for a dodge 2500 with a 5.8 cummins (we're not speed demons and stick to the 55mph limit). Towing capacity is way over our #7,000 "package" (Boat and trailer). We rented one to bring Dayenu home when we bought her, traveling over the Siskiu range (LOTS of steep passes/grades), and I had to keep looking back to see if we still had the boat in tow... Absolutely wonderful!

09-27-2016 08:33 PM
Re: Life aboard a 24'' sloop?

Chrysler 26 is not a bad boat. Designed by Halsey Herreshoff and decently made by Chrysler Marine. If you plan to take it on a trailer across the Rockies, make sure the trailer and your truck are both superbly road worthy and you take it slow. You will be pulling well over 5000 pounds up and down seriously steep roads. If I were you, I would take it to Great Lakes and then sailed it east, on the Great Loop route.
09-27-2016 05:32 PM
SV Dayenu
Re: Life aboard a 24'' sloop?

I know this is a very old thread, but as a new member I read a LOT of old threads and still find myself learning a lot.

My wife and I chose a Chrysler 26 (of all brands! LOL!) we intend to trailer her from Oregon to the ICW... Perfect for our intentions, coastal cruising. It has 6' headroom and TONS of space. We tested out "living aboard" for a month without stepping off and could not be happier! Only cost $5,000 WITH the trailer!

Good luck to all who are looking for a "small" live aboard!
04-07-2006 09:40 PM
sailingdog As the boats get longer, you do get much more space, but all of your costs go up as well. Maintenance, dock/marina/mooring fees, haul outs, cost of equipment, all go up as the size of the boat goes up.

Larger boats are often far more dependent on hydraulic/electrical power. They are also harder to handle short-handed. The draft on most larger boats is often greater than that of smaller boats, which can limit where you can go as well.

On the pro side for larger boats... they're a bit safer... and have much more living area.
04-07-2006 03:51 PM
TheStorm My wife and I will soon be living aboard a 27’ boat, year round, on Lake Ontario.

Q: Why a 27’ boat?
A: Because it’s what we have now.

Q: Do we want a bigger boat with more toys and gadgets and room and conveniences?
A: Sure we do. Doesn’t every boater want a bigger boat? But everyone is different and there’s one thing we do know: we can read and talk all we want, but we’re not really going to know for sure what it is that we can’t live without until we’re living without it.

We’ll make due for at least a year on what we have. As every cruiser knows, learning how to make due is a lot of the story, anyway. So my advice is, don’t spend too much money at first because no matter what you end up with, you’ll want something else soon enough. Anyway, that’s our strategy (aka, rationalization).

Oh, and the answer is “yes” to your original question of, “Thought about living aboard a small boat?”
04-06-2006 08:12 PM
Amac This isn't something that you're going to be able to determine without actually getting out there and setting foot in boats of different sizes. Based on recommendations, I figured that about 30' would be enough for me. When I actually started looking at hulls, I realized that anything less than 32' or 33' would feel like living in a closet. Yes, I know that's only a 2' or 3' difference in length, but it's a 20' or 30' square foot difference in living area.
03-27-2006 11:36 PM
sailingdog I'm going to be living aboard a small 28' trimaran shortly. I think it will take some getting used to, but I think i will be able to make the transition to living aboard fairly well. I don't only plan to live aboard, but to sail extensively as well... I don't see a sailboat as a floating condominium, like many others do.. and this boat was bought for its seaworthiness and sailing ability.
02-18-2006 07:15 PM
ShirKhan Well, I thought I made it clear that the Coronados/Columbias/Rawsons weren't necessarily what I found ideal in a future SV but just the result of questions I asked all owners I encountered (not just new owners, inexperienced owners, first time sailors, etc.), what they liked and disliked about their boats, and I came up with certain models that people really seemed to have overwhelming positive experiences with and a definite lack of negative feedback about. With some of these people their onwer loyalty was almost cultlike, fanatical!...I'm sorry, The Columbia MkII is NOT the greatest sailboat design of all time, but I can lead you to a few people who are positive that it is, and are willing to fight about it...!

If the theory is that many of these responses are coming from inexperienced first timers who want to defend their purchases, then I would expect similar positive feedback about a model like, say, certain Catalinas, which are both popular and available cheap...but although Catalina owners did say positive things about their boats, they certainly had a lot to bitch about too.

Not trying to prove anything or say "one boat is better than another", etc, I just had a question about owner satisfaction and these models seemed to score among the highest within the limited scope of owners I could get a hold of. And Tartans, Pearsons, Ericsons, and Islanders did score high with owners I found, just not quite as high as these other models, for whatever reason. Maybe they need their own "cults"...LOL

Sometimes it's something undefinable that makes people favor one boat over another...I would never say that the '57 Chevy was the greatest vehicle of all time, but it sure is an American icon. I'm sure if Coronado owners were offered a straight-across trade for a new Beneteau or a Hans Christian, they would jump at it! But from the people I've talked to, I think they would be reminiscing about "Old Betsy" while they're cruising their "uberboat". More than once I've heard that people "upgraded" and then said they missed their old Coronado or Columbia, or even intended to go back, especially if they found their more fully accoutered boat was also a lot more trouble and expense to maintain and operate. One thing I did find in common with these boats, is that all of them are low-end boats, not very expensive compared to other cruisers in the same categories, all of them have a reputation for good performance in adverse conditions, general "toughness" and seem to have less maintenance issues than other boats of a similar maybe the "owner loyalty" is due to a sense of the boat itself being dependable and delivering more bang for the buck and less problems...the owners are loyal to the boat model because in their experience the boat has given a lot without asking a lot, so to speak...

Which is kind of the reason I was doing this little "study" anyway, I tend to fall in love with a boat for it's looks, since I'm not an expert there were a lot of boat models I was unfamiliar with and I wanted to see what I could find out about their dependablility...and pretty soon I just started taking a lot of notes. Personally, I saw a Seafarer 24 recently that had such interesting lines...same thing with models like the Santana 525, to me they're really "cute" and attract all my attention, though neither would be a good choice for a cruiser. Hell, when I was young and dumb I ALMOST talked myself into a Bayliner Buccaneer...! So I need all the OWNER WISDOM I can get...!
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