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I agree with jssailem. Using the Navy 44s as an example of a great beginner boat is very misleading. If you've stepped on one you'll know why. They are exquisitely equipped for offshore sailing. I consider myself moderately experienced, and I'm not sure what some of that gear does on those boats. They have 6 winches just on the coach roof. In one sense they're great for learning, because if you learn on that boat you'll be able to sail most any recreational cruiser around that size. But the Navy provides professional level instruction, a crew, and experienced supervision to sail the 44s.Yes Jon. But it’s educational experience is a crew of 6. Solo sailing in emergencies is not a part of the curriculum on the 44ft boat.
The ability to manage the boat in the worst conditions is paramount. Having the time to learn those skills feels like an important part of small boat management.
But some folk dive into the deep end of the pool unable to swim. Then fate determines the outcome.
True less weight equals less momentum, but I don't think I'd try to stop any sailboat of any appreciable size, even a 30 footer with my hands. Good way to get injured. Whatever the size you choose, learn how far it travels once the shifter is put in neutral. Practice, practice and practice some more with and without current. Don't do this at a dock though, maybe an unoccupied mooring buoy or something similar. You will be amazed at how far a 40 foot boat can "coast" with no power, especially with no current. Even a 30 footer will probably coast more than you expect. Then practice stopping it with reverse and see how she responds and whether she walks when in reverse and which way.for docking less weight equals less inertia, so will be easer to stop it with your hands, 40 foot and over be prepared to pay the damage, no way to stop them if you are coming in too fast.
If Mamma ain't happy, nobody's happy!I essentially single hand it and my wife helps in locks and docking. Get what is comfortable and consult your wife. If she won’t use it with you, you will not have a successful boating experience and won’t use it. Size and comfort matter as well as equipment.
You will love the 45's large cabin space below improves cruising comfort, heavy displacement and large cockpit increases sailing comfort, long waterline enables greater hull speed, large spade rudder, fin keel and bow thruster increases maneuverability, in-mast furling mainsail is fast and easy to deploy, reef and haul-in, cabin top winches makes it easy to tack and jib and cabin top sheet pockets avoids lines in the cockpit.OK, I’ll get to point.....I’m looking at a late 2000’s Hunter 45.....So, for you Hunter owners out there, I’d appreciate any advice or thoughts on boat.