A bigger boat may give you more room, but there
are many other factors to consider when upsizing
BY BETH A. LEONARD
MOVING ON UP!
TYPICAL CHARACTERISTICS 25-foot 35-foot 45-foot 55-foot
How many out for a day 8 8-10 10-12 12-18
Sleeps realistically Couple, small family Two couples Three couples or
How many can have dinner 4 6-8 8-10 12
Separate cabins 0 1 2 3
Heads 1 1 2 3
Separate shower No Not typical Yes Yes
Nav table/office None None Optional Yes
Luxuries Wet bar, with optional
grill, small TV in cabin
if present with inverter
to power it
air conditioning, refrig-
eration, etc. Joystick
Same as 35, + optional
hydraulic swim platform,
dinghy storage, watermak-
er. Joystick docking typical
Same as 35/45, + ice
Comfort factors Huge fun. Little shade.
Bouncier ride. Best in
fair weather. Little rain/
More shade, stable ride,
steady at anchor. Still
enjoyable aboard in
Lots of shade, places to relax.
Stable anchored, underway.
Comfy in poor weather. Live
aboard for months.
Lap of luxury. Go where
your heart desires; take
your home & conveniences with you!
Tankage (gal): fuel/water/waste70/20/6-12 200/40/25 400/100/40 500/150/75
Number of helms (power) 1 2 2 2
Fuel (power) Gas Gas or diesel Diesel Diesel
Cruising area/range Day trips/overnighters Limited only by provisions Unlimited Unlimited
WANDERING AROUND A BOAT SHOW, it’s easy to be seduced, and impossible not to compare every boat you get aboard to the one you already own. If you have a runabout, it’s hard not to picture the whole family heading out for a long weekend on a comfortable cruiser. If you have a weekend
sailboat and step aboard a robust coastal cruiser, you’ll probably find yourself daydreaming of a month-long adventure beyond your old stomping ground. And who can help
but picture themselves lying in the middle of that gorgeous walk-around queen bed, or
laughing with eight guests over a gourmet meal at the cockpit table in one of the luxurious larger yachts that people line up to see?
If you want to go further afield in your boat, or want to take more people along, upsizing
indeed transforms your time on the water. So let’s look realistically into the ways that size
really does matter as well as the benefits and challenges of a jump up the size ladder.
SPACE = STUFF
On a powerboat, going up
from a 25 footer to a 35-foot-
er, the length increases by
40 percent, but the “cubic”
living space increases by at
least 50 percent, and your
storage space increases by
even more. On a sailboat,
going from 25 feet to 35
feet, length increases by 40 percent, but
interior volume almost doubles. This means
you’ll have room for the guests or grand-kids – more cabins, more heads, more room
around the salon table, more cockpit space