But the difference is that all the weight in one person is concentrated in one space, not spread out. It makes all the difference in most things. Also, the fuel tank is in a spot designed to hold a fuel tank. The deck above my cabin was notConsider how much wieght full fuel and water tanks are. Or another way to look at it: 350 lbs is a decent size guy and his girlfriend.
I'd try to lose the weight before I'd sell the boat.Jarcher--
A very large person may not be a problem for the boat per se but he/she can be a problem. The unfortunate fact is the many "large" people do not have the strength to support their own weight nor the balance they need on a smaller yacht to move safely. And a 350# or greater object falling even a few feet can represent a serious hazard to themselves and whatever they happen to land on--and if that happens to be a lifeline, they're over the side.
We had a very large fellow (400#+) that lived aboard a Catalina 27 in our marina for awhile. He was a teacher and a very nice guy that loved sailing. He also loved to eat and drink and did so with gusto. He was sitting behind us in the restaurant adjoining the marina one night when the chair he was in gave up the ghost. He was injured in the resulting fall and nearly crushed my 5' tall 100# wife whom he crashed into on the way down.
Some months later he happened to loose his balance while boarding his boat one night (the yacht would roll down 15* or more) and tipped into the sea. The SS boarding ladder at this stern would not support his weight (read broke) and he could not hoist himself over the ships rail tho he could reach his chain-plates. Two dock neighbors heard his shouts and went to his rescue but couldn't hoist him over the rail either. They rigged the MOB recovery tackle to his halyard but with his weight, the halyard shieve jammed and they couldn't get him up that way either. The Coast Guard finally got him out of the water by putting a swimmer in who manually hauled him to the near-by sea-wall where a tow-truck with a crane was able to lift him out. It took 5 guys to get him on a stretcher for the EMT's to get him to the hospital.
Not long after his sold his boat and moved ashore. He finally admitted that had he gone overboard anywhere but the marina, it would have been the end of him.
No traps on Bucc18s. But this guy is one of the best sailors in the class. Must be pretty agile too, to get around that cockpit. Remember, John Belushi could turn handsprings like a Romanian gymnast.put that guy in to a harness and get him to lean out more and the boat would heel into the wind
If the kids are not old enough to run steadily and follow directions reliably, I prefer not to take them on my boat. Not that I let kids run on the boat... When I have a boat full of non-sailors, I have enough be responsible for already.What is too young to go sailing? or too small? or too large for that matter?
I know of one local couple that had a 2 week old on a SC27. That is a small boat for a 27'r! Doing local races no less!
My son grew up on the boat. I mean that literally, he was less than a month old when he was first on the boat. The funny part was he got to the 3th or 4th grade before he realized that not everyone had a boat.What is too young to go sailing? or too small? or too large for that matter?
I know of one local couple that had a 2 week old on a SC. That is a small boat for a R! Doing local races no less!
Oh just to be clear, I don't have any problems with kids and boats in general, none at all. I would take my own daughter out anytime and when she was young I did. My concern is with other people's kids, that I don't know well, who have never been on a boat, and may or may not do what they are told.My son grew up on the boat. I mean that literally, he was less than a month old when he was first on the boat. The funny part was he got to the 3th or 4th grade before he realized that not everyone had a boat.