Hi everyone, would appreciate a few opinions from those of you who have faced the same issues as I am currently and am curious to know how things have worked out for you:
Bought my first boat new in 2008 a Jeanneau Merry Fisher 625 Legende. I live in North Devon where we don't really have any handy marina facilities, so launch and recover just about every time we use it. Fab starter boat and got good use averaging 100 hrs a year. As time goes on a few frustrations creep in - the novelty of launching and recovering every time is beginning to wear thin now, the family are growing up and lack of space is becoming more of an issue and at just 21ft, in anything other than really good conditions the boat slaps through the chop and life is often uncomfortable on a passage.
So, the options are:
1. Could possibly go to a MF 755 or Antares 780. Bit more space etc but could be one size too big to launch, recover, manoeuvre every time? Would be over 3 tonnes all up on the road!
2. Anything even bigger would need to be in a Marina so probably then looking at South Devon Coast say Exmouth or Plymouth about 1.5 or 2 hrs drive to boat. Concern is will I spend more money on the boat only to find I use it less because of the distance?
So, how far do you chaps live from your boats? Is 2 hrs drive unusually distant? Is it a natural progression in the boating world to just keep going bigger and would I find that say a 30ft shaft drive boat will still slap or will life be that much more comfortable?
My guess isthat some of you will have walked this road before me, how have things worked out for you?