Leopard 4600 – Day 4
There’s no question, the last few days we’ve been basking in relative luxury. The 4600 is a fantastic sailing platform with huge living and sleeping quarters. We’ve enjoyed the benefits of its massive fresh water tanks and a seemingly endless supply of diesel. We’ve benefited from the built-in air conditioning and generator, the nice big galley, the walk-in showers and the huge trampoline which we’ve found is great to both exercise and relax on. What’s not to like, other than the price tag of course?
So I suspect that a big question on the mind of many of our reader’s is “how, after spending the past 4 days on such a beautiful yacht, can we go back to our little ZTC?” My response is that we’ll do it the same way that people return to their home after a vacation at a 5-star resort. While our friend Michael is now even more convinced that a 4600 is the boat for him, very little has changed for Rebecca and I.
When we first selected our PDQ 32, it was partially because it was a boat that fit within our budget. If we had had less money, we still would have set off cruising, we just would have done it on a smaller, less-expensive vessel. If we had had in our possession a larger surplus of cash, perhaps we would have invested in a bigger boat, I’m not sure. Our confidence in boat handling has grown immensely since we first set sail. So much so that a boat the size of a 4600, which would have been way out of our comfort zone 2 years ago, is now a dream to operate. That said, we don’t need a boat this big to cruise on. Would it be nice? Without a doubt. Is it required? Absolutely not. That said, we’ll be happy to sail on one whenever we get the chance. When Michael ultimately acquires his boat, if he has an extra berth and wants us to visit him, we’ll almost certainly take him up on the invitation.
The people cruising on small boats get to enjoy
the same sunsets as those cruising on larger yachts.
Note: Yes, we’re back on ZTC, with Wi-Fi.