Our boat was big and now it is small.
We had read in various books and magazines that the size of the average cruising boat is increasing. Our boat is just under 11 meters (35 feet) which was apparently a big boat for the 70s and 80s but is one of the smaller boats in the current cruising fleet.
We’re finding that to be true. In fact, an experienced cruiser recently told us to ask for advice on how to cruise “in a smaller boat”. Most of the people that we have met on the West Coast of Vancouver Island are not full-time cruisers, or people with offshore cruising plans, and so we still can’t answer that question fully but I have to say that on the outside of Van Isle we are almost always the smallest sailboat. This was not true on the inside of Vancouver Island where we were a medium sized boat. Out here we see smaller powerboats, especially fishing boats, but we have seen only two sailboats smaller than us that we can remember and a few more that were the same size as us. Almost all of the boats we see are 40’ or larger.
We have friends crossing the Pacific this season in a 30 foot boat so we are definitely not anywhere near the smallest boat out there by any stretch and we think our boat is plenty big enough. In fact, it is large and luxurious compared to what many people have circumnavigated in. Hot, pressurized water, refrigeration with a (wee) freezer, computers, and soon a watermaker (my non-boater friends are laughing at these “luxuries” I’m sure).