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An old thread but an interesting conversation and Dog has it right early in the thread, I think. My experience: 35 foot sloop prior to marriage. Towards the end of full time work: 50 cutter. Semi-retirement: 28 sloop. Why? I can hop on and throw up the sails and bash around by myself for several hours or several days. It takes four minutes to get underway. It is MUCH cheaper to maintain, it is simpler, there is less "stuff," projects are fun and appropriate for my level of competence and the size of sails, winches, rudder etc are manageable for an aging geezer.
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