Originally Posted by Fang66
Unless it is windy, or unless it isn't windy.
Pshh, if it isn't windy, you can still motor out in your boat and chill out or still have enough wind to drift around (assuming anyone interested in relaxing use of a sailboat isn't buying an 18ft skiff).
If it is blowing 25+, at least around here, you aren't going to want to be relaxing in your motorboat either. Unless you are in the 40+ft range, you are going to get knocked around too much by the waves.
But no, GF shouldn't get a Melges 24. That's too much of a purpose built sport boat. Something in the same class as a J/88 would be well suited to his current situation. Can still go pretty quick and be fun if you want it, but has a bathroom so the ladies don't have to pee in a bucket, and has plenty of room in the cabin to get it on.