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It all depends on the weather and the sea. How far away from port do you intend to go and how long between weather forecasts? "Sail the Atlantic" can mean up and down the coast 10 miles out, or it can mean Grand Banks to Ireland in December.
The smaller boats will be fine as long as you can make sure you won't be out in anything bad. Specific wave and wind limits depend on the boat and the people sailing it.
I would talk to others who have experience on the boats you're looking for, to get an idea of how comfortable and stable they in weather, and to get an idea of their upper limits.
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Last edited by bobwebster; 06-30-2010 at 05:23 PM.