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Jeanneau 37, Great Lakes to the Caribbean?

We have sailed on great lakes for several years and have chartered in Caribbean several times. We currently own a Jeanneau 37 and have been very happy with the boat for short cruises in Lake Michigan but we''re considering an extended cruise down to the Caribbean. Can she will handle the Gulf Stream and Atlantic? Should I beef up any of the standard gear? Or forget it and start looking for another boat?

BTW, I''ve read the ongoing debate between jeff_h and JHodor. I think I understand the issues they''ve discussed with stringer design. I''m happy with her structure but I haven''t sailed her several hundred miles offshore in 50kts winds and 30'' swells...
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