There seems to be a very common disease prevalent amongst long-term cruisers. Known as foot-itis to some, the disease seems to prompt those living on the water to feel that they need ever larger and larger boats. While the affliction is widespread, there are those who fortunately have been able to fight it off. There are even a very rare few who have managed to avoid it altogether and find it within themselves to downgrade, selling their large boat to purchase an even smaller one!
I tend to pay a lot of attention to this as, because we are no longer employed, unless some long-lost rich relative dies and bequeaths us a bunch of money, we will not be purchasing a larger vessel. I wonder to myself then, just how small a boat could we comfortably cruise on? I’m pretty sure that Rebecca would say that our PDQ 32 is it, that while we don’t need anything much larger, we wouldn’t want a smaller boat either. That may be true. In spite of that, people still do certainly sail to far off places in smaller boats, and we’ve met a number of them.
Our friend Bob on Boat Bits recently posted about someone planning to circumnavigate on a Moore 24. Not small enough for you? How about this guy who hopes to sail around the world in a boat which is only 10 feet long? While I could quite possible deal with the first boat that I mentioned, that last one is just plain crazy! Good thing we already have a beautiful boat.
Large or small, the view is still grand.