Hi all,

First time boat builder (soon, hopefully). I am looking at two different plans from two different (excellent) companies. The are both for a small cabin cruiser-type boat with sails (eventually). One of the plans is an 18' - 6" offering with a 7' - 10" beam. The other is 19' - 3" length with a 7' - 1" beam. Having not ever sailed solo yet, which would be the better or more stable boat? The longer, leaner one, or the shorter, wider one?

I know I am showing a lot of my greenness with this question, but I don't want to spend so much time on a project without at least doing some digging on this. I've always heard that longer meant it would better withstand storms, and such... but it seems like not much shorter but wider might be the better choice.

Thanks for the input. It'll be at least a year and a half before I can get started, but I'd like to get the plans soon and start getting my workshop set up for the build.

Mark