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Seeking opinions on sailboat design

Hi everyone,

I am slowly putting together a plan and working towards my goal of a solo circumnavigation. It is still a long term goal. I am not planning on leaving for 8 years when my son is out of school.

I am planning on taking a very minimal cruiser, Contessa 26/Cape Dory type boat etc..... Route would be a typical Gulf/Panama/South Pacific/Australia/ etc..... Not sure if I am going to go Red Sea to the Med or around South Africa. Leaning towards the Red Sea.

I most likely wouldn't purchase for another 5 years, then major refit etc.... In the mean time I am furthering my skills, thinking and planning out how I am going to get from today to it actually happening etc...

Since I have time I keep thinking about maybe building a boat.

What do you guys think of this design? It is a Vagabond 26 (VG 26), designed by Jacques Mertens, built in stitch and glue (plywood core between structural fiberglass/epoxy skins). I have experience building in stitch and glue and I am intrigued by the design.

What do you think of this design as a minimal offshore cruiser and in your opinion how does it compare to a Contessa 26, Cape Dory 25D/27?

Vagabond 26 - Study Plans

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