a ~30 mile ocean passage on virtually open Pacific on a 17 foot trailer sailor....*ooph* not my idea of fun. Especially with a background in lake sailing where there are no ocean swells and surf. I guess some M17s have made impressive passages, but they've been significantly upgraded. Good little boat, but doubt its designed to handle the open ocean like a hardier vessel.
I'm sure its been done by many a yachtsman, hell I've seen videos on YouTube of people making hte passage from Miami to Bimini on jet-skis. But please, if you do this trip, have a means of bailing your boat (strong bilge pumps), lots of ocean worthy pfds, a EPIRB or PLB at a minimum, a well running tuned outboard engine, and file a float plan with friends and family. Also, most importantly, please choose a good weather window.
Last edited by night0wl; 10-21-2011 at 02:42 PM.