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I'm going to answer conservatively because "casually experienced" could be interpreted in a lot of different ways.

45' in good conditions the entire time. The bigger, usually, the more automatic things come, if your chartering or buying new, maybe.

Try being more specific and you could get refined answers.
 

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43.31416 feet.

;-)


It's for a book? Pick a length between 35 and 43 feet, above 45 you have to get into more automation and electric winches to handle sails, mooring/unmooring etc. It may also depend on how much coin these fictional women have.
 

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If the boat is an expensive high end one with lots of electrics/hydraulics and no problems then 50 feet might be manageable with 4 decent sailors.

If it's not necessary to the story then keeping the boat 40 feet or under would be more realistic and practical - and ring more true to knowledgeable readers.
 

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Poor, half-starved prison-camp-survivor-looking 'supermodel' types, or healthy husky gals who "can eat their own weight up in crabmeat"?

Details -- it's all in the details.
 

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Not to sound rude..........I think you can answer your own question.......Would you let your wife and three other "casually experienced" females take your P30 out on an u-none adventure.........hmmmm!
 

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Any of the newer 50+ footers with all roller furling (in mast, not boom) would be a piece of cake, for your story. Oysters, Amels, and on the upper end Little Harbors, are all pretty idiot proof, for your purposes (remember guys, it's for a story, not cruising, so don't bash me too much).
Of course, you wouldn't find any of those in a bare boat fleet, so if that's in there, so you'd do well to check out what they are offering in your range. Much less idiot proof, but perhaps serviceable.
 

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My wife is writing a story and it involves 4 females on a boat. So while realistic estimates would be nice, it's not a real world situation.
As she's writing the story, go with a big boat. There's a whole lot more drama in 4 sailors on a big boat than a small one.

And 50' doesn't have to be a big boat today. There are many new light lithe designs to choose from(Ginger-foreground), and more big chunky serious boats(John Alden schooner background).

Totally different 50'ers, but could be handled by 4 reasonably experienced sailors. Each of these boats could be potential characters, themselves.

 

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Companies like the Moorings have been letting ordinary people out on their Bene 50s for years. If they appear to be total numpties they insist on a captain for day or two until the captain is satisfied.

At 50 feet loads are getting up there when you talk about mainsail hoists and winching in the last foot or two on the genoa sheet but it is doable with decent winches. Electric anchor windlass is a must.

So 4 ladies who can cope with broken nails and have reasonable upper body strength can sail a 50 footer just fine IMHO. When the s**t hits the fan they may need all 4 of them working together to recover a sail on manually retrieve the anchor but it is all doable.

65 ft is another matter altogether though.
 
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