Webb Chiles made it 7/8's of the way around the world or so in a Drascombe Lugger, which is an 18' open boat—no cabin, no motor. I don't think it was what I'd call fun or relaxing...but he's a good enough sailor to pull it off. I don't think I'd even try.
That doesn't make the Drascombe Lugger a bluewater boat in any way or form—although Webb did accomplish some major bluewater passages in one.
There are many small sailboats that with some modification would be somewhat suitable for a bluewater passage. No boat is going to be perfect for a bluewater passage, especially if your budget is only $10,000.
The smaller the boat, the more prudent it is to wait for a decent weather, and to account for what historically happens during a given time of year.
The Cape Dory 36 is probably one of the better bluewater capable boats below 40', but one from my homeport just got its butt kicked tangling with a named storm. The captain had to be rescued by the Canadian Coast Guard during a West-to-East trans-Atlantic attempt. Does this mean a Cape Dory isn't suitable... NO... Does it mean that trying to outrun a named storm in a Cape Dory 36 is stupid... probably.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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