In the pursuit of economy, many owners end up being dissatisfied with the modest size of their “chosen one. It is not a secret that a long stay in a confined space heats the relations between people, so the more space each of the crew will have, the quieter, more comfortable, and safer the trip will be. There should still be enough space on board to store plenty of spare parts and tools, sails, fuel, water, and supplies. A 40-foot boat is comfortable for a family with 2 children and is quite acceptable in terms of maintenance and parking in marina ports, where size determines the price.
What size boat do I need for a family of 4?
30-40 feet is the most popular size due to the combination of price-size-comfort-seaworthiness. Usually, it is 2-3 cabins and 1-2 latrines. A crew of 2-4 people will feel more than comfortable. But you can, if desired, accommodate 6-8 people. In these dimensions, a full-fledged galley with a refrigerator, oven, and sink will already fit. The cockpit will be quite spacious, with a sunbathing area at the bow and a small swimming platform at the stern.
A boat over 40 feet can be equipped so that you can easily handle it yourself. To do this, there are all kinds of auxiliary systems – spinning sails, autopilot, and so on. Yachts of 40-47 feet are the preferred size for solo sailing around the world, even non-stop. The large size gives that comfort of being at sea, which makes a sea trip a pleasant journey. There is no difference in handling between a 34ft boat and a 47ft boat. Both can have seaworthiness class A – ocean. The only question is the budget and the tasks set.