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I never said that they were too large for ocean crossings...just that I thought that they may be too big for sailing short-handed. A good example... look at Ken Barnes, who had to be rescued off of the Chilean coast from his 44' ketch, and compare that with Donna Lange, and her 28' Southern Cross... Ken had far more boat than he was capable of handling when the weather got heavy... and now he's back ashore...
Larger boats are only a relatively recent phenomenon when it comes to long-term cruising. Larger boats, as a general rule, cost more to maintain, buy, own, etc. Many circumnavigations have been done in boats in the 28-35' range, and the gear on them is far more easily dealt with in rough weather.
Mind you, this is just my personal opinion... I think that people who need to have a 40'+ boat and all the comforts of home are bringing the rat race with them...
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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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