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Old 02-08-2012, 07:54 AM   #21
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*I have seen people on a 21' center console sleeping under a dodger in the bow. *They were having the time of their lives. *I have cruised my 25' cuddy cabin Blackfin and gotten every bit as much enjoyment as on a larger boat. *Perspective is about more than just the size of the boat.
*I've found that to be so true, Don. *One day, among the glorious boats that appear in the cove at our dock, I saw this guy cruise in with his old paint. *I watched him from my boat deck as he enthusiastically moved about his deck, and then appeared from his cabin with some kind of pillow, threw it back against something as if he had done it a zillion times, and swigged back on a beer while the sun set. *I don't think I've ever seen a guy enjoy a sunset as much as he did that day. *Meanwhile, I retired to my gennie space where I was suffering with water system projects.
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Old 02-08-2012, 08:07 AM   #22
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RE: The scale of our boats!

Don:

You are right on.* Every time I see a boat I want and might even be able to afford I have to take a deep breath and ask myself, "How much more use & enjoyment will I get out of this big, new expense?"* When I'm anchored and sit in the cockpit with my feet up and a drink in my hand .... how much better is that going to be with a newer, bigger boat?* Not much.

Perspective?* I need to keep some.

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Old 02-08-2012, 09:36 AM   #23
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RE: The scale of our boats!

I like knowing that the people with those big boats probably spend more during a haulout than I did on my boat's purchase!
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Old 02-08-2012, 02:21 PM   #24
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*Very true.* We used to "cruise" the San Juans in our 17' Arima, sleeping in the cuddy cabin (with the dog) and cooking on a Coleman stove set up on the dock beside us.

I'm not going to say it was more fun than what we do today with the GB, but it was just as fun at the time.* And the Arima was a hell of lot less cost, effort, and worry than the Grand Banks is.

We wouldn't want to go back to doing this in the Arima although we would if we had no other choice. But having done it ourselves, we can appreciate the enjoyment we see people getting today out of their "pocket cruisers."* And we definitely don't feel sorry for them even when it's raining because we know they are having an adventure they will* keep with them the rest of their lives.

We have met--- and I bet a lot of you have too--- more people than we can count who at the time owned big boats--- GB46s, big deFevers, Flemings, even a Nordhavn.* And in almost every case they eventually talk about their "first" boat, perhaps a little GB32 or a 26' Nordic Tug or whatever, and they invariably say that it was their favorite boat.* That they had their best times on that little "first boat."

They didn't say they were going to give up their big boat and go back to the little one, but they all seemed to be much fonder of their "first boat" experiences than their "current boat" experiences.

Probably some physchological reason for this but it seems pretty consistent in our observation.
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Old 02-08-2012, 03:14 PM   #25
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RE: The scale of our boats!

On the other end of the scale - a guy I met in diesel class has a MT similar to mine.* We've kept in contact and he's now trying to sell his boat. I'd take it in a heartbeat if I had any hope of unloading mine.

The 34' was too close to camping for him and the SO.

The Fleming 55' is what they want (who doesn't?) but I don't know if one of those is in the cards just yet.
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Old 02-08-2012, 04:20 PM   #26
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RE: The scale of our boats!

We like our IG 32, it is a very "big" small boat and feels like home.

I often dream of bigger boats but the reality is our 32 satisfies our desire to spend time on the water, without any big boat expenses.

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Old 02-08-2012, 05:23 PM   #27
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Old 02-08-2012, 05:53 PM   #28
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RE: The scale of our boats!

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We like our IG 32, it is a very "big" small boat and feels like home.

I often dream of bigger boats but the reality is our 32 satisfies our desire to spend time on the water, without any big boat expenses.

John and Miri.
In total agreement with you there John. We enjoyed our 39 foot old boat very much but the "big" IG 32 satisfies us for our time of life, the waters upon which we boat, not to mention our pocketbook.
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Old 02-08-2012, 07:25 PM   #29
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RE: The scale of our boats!

I am good friends with the person that purchased our first boat from us, a 19' Bayliner cuddy cabin.

He talks about his $20 gas bill for a day of salmon fishing, and about how little work he's had to do to that boat over the years.

Yes, that was a great little boat, but There's no way we're going back to a porta potty and freezing out butts off.

We realize that owning a large boat is more of a lifestyle commitment than anything else. We give up the opportunity to do other things and use the funds to enjoy our boating lifestyle. I'm good with that.
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:05 PM   #30
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RE: The scale of our boats!

John P wrote:

"We like our IG 32, it is a very "big" small boat and feels like home."

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"We enjoyed our 39 foot old boat very much but the "big" IG 32 satisfies us for our time of life, the waters upon which we boat, not to mention our pocketbook. "

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I'm in my 6th year of owning my Halvorsen 32 and couldn't agree more with the above statements. Now, if I could only get my groove back, life would be great!
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:28 PM   #31
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I'm in my 6th year of owning my Halvorsen 32 and couldn't agree more with the above statements. Now, if I could only get my groove back, life would be great!
*They're having a great sale on grooves up here, Walt :-)
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RE: The scale of our boats!

Walt needs a change of scene to a place where he can actually go to different places and see new sights in his boat. I suggest the PNW or Downeast where boating can be more challenging, as well as "interesting" for those not used to the tides, currents and pea soupers.

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Old 02-09-2012, 06:20 AM   #33
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RE: The scale of our boats!

In many ways we look back and feel we had some of the most boating fun when all we had was a Tasman 20 Trailer Yacht, but the kids were small, privacy was not an issue, and we were more supple...
So, no, I would not want to go back that far, but whenever I think wistfully of a larger boat, I remind myself of how much more basic maintenance, haul-out, anti-fouling, fuel, insurance, etc would cost, and that I am not wealthy enough to spend my time out exploring the world ocean cruising - the only real reason in my view for having a large vessel - and I lose the hankering quite quickly.....
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Old 02-09-2012, 07:54 AM   #34
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RE: The scale of our boats!

Cindy still says our little 22' C-Dory was her favorite.*

[img]../../download.spark?ID=1078477&aBID=115492[/img]Though it had no hot water, minimal heating, no fridge, and only a porta-potty, it took us on many delightful cruises of Lake Powell, BC and SE Alaska.* Our present 26-footer has much longer range, and all the basic creature comforts.* To me, it was a very worthwhile upgrade - really did increase the enjoyment.* After nearly 40,000 nm of cruising between the two, I think of moving to a larger boat mostly when dreaming.
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They're having a great sale on grooves up here, Walt

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*Walt needs a change of scene to a place where he can actually go to different places and see new sights in his boat. I suggest the PNW or Downeast where boating can be more challenging, as well as "interesting" for those not used to the tides, currents and pea soupers.

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I'd move to the state of Washington in a heart beat! My wife, however, would not. I think that the Puget Sound and north area is about the most interesting place I've ever been. I've been there numerous times over the past 15 years & never tire of it. Green, water, changing topography, wine, great food, neat people, you name it.

It also has one of the highest cost of homes in the entire country & I can see why. It's not for sissies though, as the weather can be somewhat challenging although not the frozen north. (Most days! )

Maybe my daughter would let me have the apartment in her house?






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I'd move to the state of Washington in a heart beat! My wife, however, would not. I think that the Puget Sound and north area is about the most interesting place I've ever been. I've been there numerous times over the past 15 years & never tire of it. Green, water, changing topography, wine, great food, neat people, you name it.

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Old 02-09-2012, 04:31 PM   #38
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I've always liked the scale of this pic of my son pulling tape off the bootstripe
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I know exactly what you mean, Max. This photo was sent to me by the owner of the boat when I inquired about buying it.

Now, dwhatty & JohnP refer to the 32 Island Gypsy as being a "big" 32 but don't you think this photo is just a little over the top?
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Greetings all,
I see the perception of scale quite well. Yes, indeed they ARE big boats but I remember buying candy bars as big as your fist for $.05 when I was kid. The first time I saw Uncle Fred's boat hauled I thought it was MASSIVE (34'). Just remember, whatever the size of the vessel, it will always seem TOO small in 15' seas...just sayin'.
Compared to the family people mover ('92 Cheby, in my case) most boats are a LOT bigger.
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