Originally Posted by caberg
In fairness, the OP asked a very narrow question which was overlooked by most, who just critiqued the overall idea (including me, but after giving my opinion on the question). He wasn't looking for feedback on "which boat"-- only
Would removing the mast as described have any ill effects on the vessel?
Of course, nothing wrong with giving advice
beyond that which is solicited. It's often helpful.
Good point, you're right, of course...
However, I think it certainly would be helpful if the OP had offered some more specificity than simply "a used sailboat"... Giving at least a hint of size or budget might influence the sort of reply I'd be inclined to give...
If his idea of a "used sailboat" is something akin to a Catalina 27, for example, I'd strongly advise against such a plan... If his budget might allow for something more substantial like a Fisher motorsailer, however, or maybe a H-R Rasmus, that could be a whole different ballgame, such boats could be considered to be reasonably suitable for doing the Loop sans the rig...