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I wouldn't concern myself so much with JeffH's personal opinions. Yes his points are valid, and to be respected. but you have to understand, he is a perfectionist and is only concerned about the 'perfect' or 'ideal' options. The B29.9 is the only boat in its price range (~$15,000) that I would consider for ocean-going, without significant upgrades. JeffH takes issue with IOR era boats, thats fine, its understandable, but that is only one opinion and if you know anybody who is actually out there cruising, ask them, there are plenty of those boats "out there". people like to mention that Webb Chiles went around in an 18' open boat, but rarely does anyone mention the 2 times around in a Stock Ericson 37 and the other time around in an IOR era S&S designed 36 footer. all three of those circumnavs never resulted in any significant design failure. Yes I know Egregious had a cracked hull, but that started before he began his circuit and it held up through the southern ocean and several knockdowns without any further damage.
For you personally, outfitting the boat should not be anywhere near the cost of selling it, buying a new one, then outfitting the new one. Keep your money for the kitty, take the boat you have. period.