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Small can be beautiful


article from http://www.classicmarine.co.uk/

Before starting the series of articles on traditional rigs and rigging, I'm going to start by addressing the issue of boat ownership itself. In doing so, I will have to touch on some areas where angels fear to tread, so foolishly let me begin.

I am sure you will have heard of the “Peter Principle”, whereby people in an organisation hold their current position by dint of their performance in previous jobs, and so rise to the level of their incompetence. MacPhail’s variant, derived from years experience of running a chandlery, states that:

“Most people own a boat larger than they need or want”   more...


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I crewed for several seasons on a 42 foot race boat. When looking for my own boat, I kept several points in this article in mind. I have a Beneteau 235. It has an enclosed permanent head and good performance (PHRF around 190 and points to weather well). It is trailerable, so I don't pay any yard fees in the winter. Stepping the mast is an effort, so I launch in spring and bring on hard in fall. As job and family permit I can go sail, singlehanded most of the time, but my wife and baby come on board from time to time just to hang out in the harbor. In many ways it is just like a second home, and a good way to spend some time in the city. I looked at bigger boats, but this little 235 suits me just fine for my current sailing lifestyle. Some pics at nealalexander.com3/30/2006 9:53:18 AM
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