KISS is a phrase that you commonly encounter in various engineering endeavors. Usually it stands for Keep It Simple, Stupid.

When boating, this phrase can have multiple meaning, all boiling down to mean the same thing:

Smaller is better…

We all want (or think we want) the mega-yacht. Well, if you can afford it, the crew for it, the fuel for it, the mooring for it, the… you get the idea… its not the cost of the boat, its the cost of owning it.

Its well a common belief, and an accurate one I believe, that smaller boats are used more.

When building a boat, costs tend to be directly related to displacement.

Systems complexity adds costs, both immediately in purchase price and down the road in on-going maintenance.

Later, don’t forget the mundane, day-to-day costs. Most moorings/dockings are charged by-the-foot. More systems use more power. Larger boats take more fuel. More oil.

A reasonable/small craft can be loaded up on a trailer and transported to the next cruising ground. In between times you can keep it "on the hard" at home. You don’t pay for mooring. You don’t have to pay for long-term storage. No hauling fees. If you need to work on the bottom, go for it. If bad weather is coming, haul it and move out of the area.

Some designs can be used as a "camper" and lived in at a campground… take your well known comforts with you.

Now, can I remember this?

Can I take this to heart and strike a reasonable balance?

Just Keep it Small, Stupid… sound like a good watchword.