...Do you think this was because sailors conception of sailing has changed from mostly a day use to a weekend use to a term use (cruising)? Obviously there are many day use sailors... racers... Sunday afternoon sails... My own observations confirms this. And there is a lot of week ending to a relatively nearby harbor... witness the transient mooring business which has been stood up.
If there initial demand was day use, racing and weekending... there was little need for the robust offshore capable designs... as well as the long LOA boats.
Yes, interesting stuff Sander. All better discussed in a cockpit, over a beer (or two, or three…). Hope we can do that someday.
So you’re suggesting there are proportionally more boats travelling offshore, for longer durations, than in the past. I wish there was some hard data on this question, but I’d have to disagree.
My observation is that the vast, vast
majority of boats rarely spend more than a few days off the dock each year. Too many never leave at all. Most rarely go out for more than a few days at a time. Far fewer venture for weeks. And it is the rare boat that leaves the dock for months.
I bet, based on my own distorted view of the world
, that there were proportionally* more
recreational boats travelling the oceans blue in the 1970s and early 80s compared to today. I bet today there is a higher proportion of recreational boats that only do day or weekend travel. Or worse, hardly ever leave the dock at all.
(*I say proportionally more. I believe there are more recreational boats today than in the past, so obviously the absolute numbers have gone up.)
I suspect that with weekending... came the need for more comfortable accommodations. Sailors would even use their boats as week end homes...get close to nature... relax and or do some boat maintenance. But the capability to take your home with you to someplace 100 miles or more became a new meme. We seen size creep in houses as well to where McMansions are more the norm size wise in many markets rather than the exception.
I think your McMansion observation supports my view that boat size has risen with affluence and the increased demand for more comforts. There is no needs-based reason for houses to have increased in size. In fact, family size has gone down over the last 40 years. But the reverse has happened with house size. The main reason is increasing affluence, and demand for more comforts and more stuff.
Houses are larger now b/c we can afford more (or are willing to take on more debt … which is a whole other discussion). So too with boats.