Originally Posted by ponycakes
We've often heard that you need at least a 30 foot boat to cruise the Pacific.
There have been 20-footers that circumnavigated but they were either built for open ocean or heavily reinforced for the trip as far as I know. So it has been done on smaller boats.
You couldn't pay me enough to be in a boat that small, especially in the Pacific, but that's just me. My personal line is drawn way before that point.
I suggest that you read John Vigor's The Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat
and anything by Bernard Moitessier but especially A Sea Vagabond's World
. Also, Tania Aebi. She circumnavigated in a Contesa 26, documented in Maiden Voyage