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Old 07-30-2009
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Originally Posted by damies View Post
This boat (12') was a successful circumnavigator so yes it's possible in anything....


But ask yourself how comfortable you would be on your chosen boat for several weeks at sea (no land in sight). I have not personally done a long stint at sea, but know I couldn't do it in a boat like the one above, nor my current 25' Tri, I would want something bigger.

Most of the threads I have seen here about people looking for recommendations on blue water boat seem to be from people who are relatively new to sailing, or offshore sailing. Around here (Oz) the usual recommendation is you do some coastal trips in your boat, get comfortable with that first, after a few years of regular off shore sailing experience then consider a short blue water trip, this would be the point at which you decide whether your 30' boat is suitable or if you need a different boat.


For those interested here is a site that details both successful and not circumnavigation attempts in small boats (or bathtubs if you like ) Famous Small Boats

Dave.
Dave,

We reccomend the same here (US) - but not everyone listens!! The reality is that many people buy the bullet proof tanks because they think it will make up for their lack of sailing (and seamanship skills). THey also would love to have a boat that can circum - even in reality most of them will never leave sight of land. What I have really been trying to bang into peoples head is that every boat has a tradeoff - and the tradeoff of a bulletproof shoe box for coastal is considerable. And remember - we are all coastal in reality. No one sails out to sea to just set there out at sea.

My opinions.

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