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Old 10-16-2019, 10:30 AM   #19
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Vessel Name: "Sandpiper"
Vessel Model: 2006 42' Ocean Alexander Sedan
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Originally Posted by twistedtree View Post
I'm an advocate of buying the BIGGEST boat that you can manage, as opposed to the SMALLEST that will meet your needs as is often recommended.
As much as I respect TT's opinion on this thread, I respectfully disagree. I've had 9 boats since 1995, running anywhere from 30' to 54' & after much thought I've concluded that one should buy the smallest boat that has everything you want. The difference in costs to maintain the vessel are considerable as you move up in size. Taxes, slip fees, divers, insurance, boat washers,etc.

Now, you've indicated that buying a boat that is capable of crossing oceans is one of your desires. IMHO, there isn't a boat of any size (other than an aircraft carrier) that I would feel safe on while crossing an ocean. Besides, comparing a 43 footer to a 47 footer for ocean transits is foolhardy at best.

Below is a photo of the last boat I crossed an ocean on.
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