Originally Posted by t08yg
I think you're probably right. Chichester bar is the worst bit. I was always told as a kid you need to have something over 25ft to make sure you can get through in bad weather. But my budget won't come anywhere near 25ft!
In reality though, if as you say you have a 6 and 9 year old you're not going to be doing too much "tally ho bayonet between gritted teeth last one to Cowes in a Force 8 is a big girl's blouse" type stuff anyway, you're probably going to be fairly careful?
Buy the first one cheap, use it for a bit and see what you think of it and where the shortcomings are, then buy the second one to do exactly what you now know you want