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Sometimes smaller is better, even when you make big demands. Let's say you want a boat you can trailer, for example. And let's say you enjoy gunkholing, so you also want it to have a low draft. Now let's add in a few other difficulties: low-slung bridges, narrow channels, and tight marina slips. Will a big boat fit the bill? Hardly. But we haven't even considered the biggest problem with big boats: bigger operating expenses. Take all of these factors into account, and smaller can, in fact, be better. Wait a sec – what about those big demands? What if you want a boat capable of heavy-duty cruising? Then having a small boat raises a whole new set of issues. You'll need plenty of sleeping accommodations, and a galley sufficient for prepping a gourmet meal. And what about all of those big-boat features you love, like a windlass, bow and stern thrusters, and a cabin heater? At some point, you have to realize that you can't have it both ways. At least, not unless you get a pocket cruiser that puts a big boat attitude into a small package – like Ranger Tug's new R25SC.
Lenny Rudow-Marlin and GoBoating magazines.
G. Winter's Sailing Center, Inc.