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Esteemed Sandusky, sarcasm becomes you. Of course, I'm sure your concern is well meant and that starting a fruitless argument was not your goal. I'm curious, though, how you so confidently discuss my sailing experience when we've never even met?
To put that to rest, here is my experience: approx 10,000 miles, nearly all of it on a Contessa 26 (now there's a real seaboat -- if only she was a whole size bigger!). I know 10,000 miles is not much by standards of many on this forum and quite possibly not by yours. That's because I haven't crossed oceans. What I've done is sail in all weather and a great variety of sea states around Europe, including a Biscay/English Channel single-handed crossing. This may not be Cape Horn experience, but I think I've earned the right to a bigger boat and bigger passages without bystanders making panic calls to the Coast Guard.
As for the Horn, I already repeated that it's not my immediate goal. I simply wish to apply that standard in my boat hunt. Then I would at least have the option one day. I might or might not be able to prepare myself personally for such an expedition. But I would like always to know that my boat would be capable. After all, I'm setting out to spend a good whack. I'll then pour more money, blood and sweat into her. So I'd like a boat I plan on keeping and improving and growing into. Not a boat with limitations in where she can go.
The Horn reference just focuses my search. It gives an identity to my short list.
Of course none of the boats I can afford and have on my shortlist are IDEAL for high latitudes. A 60-foot steel monster probably would be ideal. But we're talking about dreams and possibilities here. I just want a boat in which the Horn would be feasible.
As I said, the Roths cruised down there in a Spencer 35. A Contessa 32 -- great seaboat, but uncomfortable and small below -- performed well rounding the Horn the "wrong" way. Clearly there is no right answer. All I wanted was to engage my more experienced bretheren in a discussion about affordable, well built sailing boats that can (at least on paper) be safely managed in extreme corners.
Not sure getting on a high horse is very helpful. All best at sea and on land to you.