Re: Small boat voyaging
My father's first sailboat was a brand-new Venture 24, bought when I was about 9 years old in 1971. I have great memories of family fun on that boat, including a week-long trip to Cape May via the C&D canal (which caused him to buy a new O'Day 27 for the next year's trip). My brother, sister and I would fight each other to sleep outside in the cockpit under a tarp, took bucket showers on the foredeck, dangled our feet in the water off the bow, and enjoyed being towed in the dinghy behind the boat.
Only we adults need large, complex boats to have fun on the water.