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As usual Mr. Ganier brings up an excellent point. Captain Bligh sailed his longboat because it was the only boat he had. I suspect Robert crossed the Atlantic in his boat for much the same reason. There are countless threads here devoted to the ideal cruising boat, if not the ideal deep sea boat. I suspect that many young people do not feel that they have the time, money, and certainly not the patience to acquire that lightly used Swan and end up saying, "screw it, this is what I got, I'm going".
That is pretty much the story with the guy I contacted who crossed over to the Bahamas in a boat just like mine. He didn't even have it exactly; someone loaned it to him. It was available and he didn't run into anything he could not handle. That doesn't make it a wise choice; another boat would have given him a wider margin of safety with respect to what he could handle. But he didn't purchase a boat, so his choice was yes or no. Our young friend who started this thread has more choices.
Newport 17 - "Kohanna"
At sea Darwin's hypotheses is the final arbiter of right of way.