..To say my Irwin is a blue water capable boat is just ignoring the facts otherwise..Ted Irwin if alive today would tell you so...Have they made passages? yes for sure they have but thats not what they were built structurally for..
I'm not suggesting that the boat makes no difference ("there are differences between boats"). What I am trying (apparently quite badly) to point out is that people have made huge crossings in tiny little things and lived to tell the tale. If you stack bad weather and poor seamanship on top of a crappy craft, well, best of luck. But good sailing and being patient with the weather are just as crucial (if not more) than the vessel. There is no "perfect" blue water craft formula; there are trade offs.
Also, good job on that second shot