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IIRC, the Pardeys were cruising in something about the same size. The average size of the boats have gotten bigger over the years, but for many years, a 27-32' boat was pretty much standard for cruising around the world. It is only just recently, where people want most of the comforts of their shore-based life while out cruising, that the boats have gotten bigger and bigger.
Not everyone can afford to go cruising on a 45' boat, with two master cabins, and a generator, and all that...and many don't see any need for all of that. Cruising used to be more a way of life, than it was a way to take a break from life. The people who sailed, did so for the love of sailing, and loved the freedoms that it brought. They were on sailboats—not yatchs.
A well-outfitted boat, like an Albin Vega, is more than sufficient, for someone who is of modest means, to go cruising around the world. It will probably take more skill to do so in a smaller boat than a larger one, as the seamanship required in a smaller boat may be higher. It will also take an acceptance of a simpler way of life than the people who have the 41' floating condos, as much of what is stuffed aboard a 41' yatch has no place on a 27' sailboat.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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