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post #17 of Old 02-14-2007
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Sailing from Florida to Mexico can be accomplished in pretty near any boat out there. You don't have a lot of cash and don't need it. A twenty five to thirty foot boat is all you want. Look for Cape Dory, Catalina, Beneteau, Paceship, C&C, CS, Alberg, Pearson, Columbia, Tartan, Com Pac, etc. When you are trying to figure out how the boat will sail - look at it's general shape. Rounder, fatter hull shapes do not move as smoothly through the water as thinner, longer ones. The skinnier a boat is, the less bouyancy it is going to have - so it wil slice through rather than go over waves. The flatter the bottom is, the more it is going to pound when the sea is rough. Spend a bunch of time looking at Hull shapes on the internet until you understand what an average, moderate displacement hull looks like - then buy a boat that has one. The voyage you are talking about is not a huge, perilous one. If you go about it intelligently, you'll be able to do it in just about any boat. Also - check out the West Wight Potter's website for more inspiration...
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