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Old 01-31-2011
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Bigger does not necessarily mean safer, in fact the exact opposite might be true. The loads on the bigger sails become too much to handle for many and I for one would be fine in the properly prepared 35 - 40 foot cruiser. The abilities of the captain and crew have more to do with the ability to cross oceans, and don't forget the Southern Ocean, than a lot of other factors.
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