Wouldn't it be great if someone took all the resources from the internet, historical references, publications, and those from readers, and compiled a list of all the boats that have proven that they can handle bluewater travel, and the circumstances surrounding their success. Then made a nice little website to showcase it all. There are a few books out there that give some examples of boats that work, but they are by no means exhaustive, including experts lists. Maybe we need someone that doesn't really have an opinion of specific types of boats to make the list. The problem then becomes convincing everyone that the list has merit. Interesting conundrum. I guess all that anyone can do is try an research the models available to each of us and make an individual decision based on our own personal feelings combined with the experience of others. With every expert that recommends a boat, your likely to be able to find one that denounces it, for what every reason, and personal opinion runs the gamut.
Now, what do you think, a sunfish to Hawaii??? Maybe I'll ship it and take a plane.