Given the discussions in another thread regarding cruising (especially bluewater cruising) on a very tight budget, I thought we might take a stab at putting together a list of what would be the BARE MINIMUM of: boats, gear, education.
Bigger is not always better. Only get as big a boat as you or your cruising partner can handle single (god forbid anything happen to either of you).
Overly small and simple may be just that. It takes a certain amount of skill and knowledge to make any voyage be it coastal or blue water.
Know how to nav. by paper. Electrical problems happen at the worst possible time. KNOW PAPER CHARTS.
Race boats are well fit for the race marks, cruisers are well built for cruising. My boat will never race and a small J will not likely cruise. Know your boats purpose and use/exploit it. Buy a bay boat if that is your dream, buy a blue water boat if that is your dream, buy a racer if that is your dream. Crossing the lines dramatically is seldom successful.