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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

"Were gonna need a bigger boat..."

The famous quote from Sheriff Brody in the movie "Jaws".
We are just back from a multi-week boating holiday aboard our little 28 foot cruising sloop. It was a nice holiday and a good time was had by all. But... it has become clear we need a bigger boat. It is just too cramped for two people and two dogs. Examples: when one needs to move from one area of the boat to another, chances are, the other person must move out of the way. Or, should you need to access some gear or compartment, you need to move something out of the way temporarily (sometimes the another person) just to get to it. Then, when you are done, you need to move everything back. This trip has essentially confirmed that we have pushed the small boat to the limits for cruising in the PNW, for us at least. She is certainly more capable than what we have put here through (the boat should do fine offshore for example), but as for our comfort level, I think we have "maxed out" the boat.

A trip on the small boat is always good in that it generates a lot of new design ideas and re-prioritizes features for the Westsail project. This trip was no exception.

Its all good.

Now, back to the Westsail projects with a newfound excitement and enthusiasm... as soon as I recover from the holiday.


Bill K said...

Those darn holidays just wear you out. LOL

Bill Kelleher

Danielle said...

What kind of smaller boat is it? The size difference between a 28' of any other boat and the Westsail 42' is Significant for sure! plus you get to design it any kind of way you want.

robert s said...

Its a 28 foot semi-custom pocket cruiser. A design we want? Yes, that is the idea, provided we don't change our minds too often, lol.

Danielle said...

yeah..boat designs arent that easy to change once you have them "in place"

How long do you invision the 42' taking to complete and put in the water?

robert s said...

Ah, the big question. Usually the first answer I give is "a couple weeks", followed by "you mean 'realistically?' a couple years, plus or minus"