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Re: Is 36 enough ?

Wish me luck, I went for it ! I'll let you know my thoughts after the summer !
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Re: Is 36 enough ?

One thing I would consider is that these are two completely different kinds of sailing. Eastern Canada is going to be cold and unpleasant in an open cockpit most of the time. Ventilation below will be of little consequence, but heat below will be important.
In the tropics however, ventilation moves up pretty close to the top of your list and it's pleasant sailing in a unenclosed (a dodger and bimini are nice) cockpit day or night. You may want to swap the cabin heater for an AC unit, as being at the dock in the tropics can be nearly intolerable without AC.
Why not look for a 'northern cruiser' for the present and when you are ready to head to the tropics, find a suitable boat for that.

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Re: Is 36 enough ?

Originally Posted by hornet View Post
Wish me luck, I went for it ! I'll let you know my thoughts after the summer !

A lot of charter companies in the BVI's use the Oceanus 361 . Good luck and post some pictures.

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Re: Is 36 enough ?

The answer to your question is.... it depends.

It certainly can be "enough" meaning adequate for a set of criteria.

My first boat is the one I own... and bought when I was pretty green... But I managed to get a great boat at a excellent price and it is a Contest 36s. I found out how "adequate" it is over the 32 years I've owned and sailed it, lived aboard and made many ocean passages.

But I don't have a family to accommodate and so for the occasional guests it's fine... and even for having another couple weekend with us.

I've done ocean passages solo, with one other person and with 2, and 3 and even the Marion Bermuda with total of 6 aboard. The "3 cabin" layout works for two couples or if the grand kids are aboard and they are packed into the V berth and love it up there. We use the aft cabin.

Our 36 has a large U shaped galley and a full nav desk for working on charts and a cockpit where 4 can actually sleep there!

I've never felt I didn't have "enough" space on this 36... I have a total of 50 lockers, cabinets shelves for stores (including a larger separate anchor locker).

Could I fill a larger boat? You betcha... Would passages be faster? yes! longer waterline means faster passages. But as we all know boat costs rise not in a linear manner but geometrically.

The boat did well in the tropics much cooler with a simple tent over the aft end of the boom and cockpit. And it's toasty warm with an Espar Aitronic 4 in the winter.

All boats are compromises... Make your choices and sail on.

Different strokes for different folks...

We report you decide...
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Re: Is 36 enough ?

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Starting next year hopefuly !
I've lived aboard full time and cruised the Great Lakes on a 35' boat with an infant. It's doable but you want to be pretty comfortable with your boat and cool with single handing all the time.

The problem comes when they turn into good climbers and runners, a small toddler on a big boat is kind of frustrating and scary, in my opinion.
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