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Re: Production Boats and the Limits
I think virtually any modern production boat (Hunter just being one brand) can be sailed around the world without problem as long as it is sailed prudently and well. There's plenty of evidence that this is the case...just on SN alone.
The problem is the old-school thinking (which doesn't seem to be as widespread as it used to be) that it's stupid to even try to do so unless you are in a "traditional offshore boat".
I agree with you, sort of. I suspect that if you took your hunter, closed it up, and just let it bob around in the middle of the Atlantic, you could come back a month later and it would be fine.
But what do you mean by "sailed prudently" that would be required on a modern production boat that wouldn't be required on a traditional offshore vessel?
As far as offshore vessels go, there are differences. People like Jimmy Cornell will argue that he would never go offshore without a protected rudder.
THere are also a host of things like floorboards that don't latch, etc.