And also for the ones that read French (if not you can use google translater) a very interesting interview with Jimmy Cornell in Voile and Voiliers:
Interview du «pape» de la grande croisière Jimmy Cornell : «En Papouasie, on s
Notice the 3 boats that he chose for his voyages and his evolution in what regards the perfect cruising long range cruiser (pictures on the article):
The first one, an heavy 36ft Trintella Ketch, almost a motorsailer (sailed with it 6 years), than a probably faster but heavy steel 40ft center cockpit an one off designed by Bill Dixon (sailed with it 5 years) and the last one, an aluminium centerboard, an OVNI 43 (sailed with it 13 years and made 70000nm).
When asked what boat he would chose now to circumnavigate he said:
"An aluminium centerboarder, probably the Allures 45
He said also regarding long range cruisers (translated):
"I advocate for light cruising sailboats, but in the Anglo-Saxon countries, the idea is struggling to win! This is less true in France ..."
And when they ask:
"What is your view about the development of cruising sailboats"?
The racing sailboats have evolved rapidly in recent years, as opposed to cruising yachts. The racing yacht design has not yet sent all its developments to the world of cruising yacht design.
At a conference the other day, I was asked, "Why is there is no (liquid?) ballast on cruise ships?" And it's a good question!
Cruising sailboats are more comfortable and more spacious, but they are not really exciting and it is the fault of the cruising sailors who feel that going at 6 knots its all right ... The boats are often still too heavy in their displacement and rudders not strong enough.
Well, talks the voice of experience. It is refreshing to hear his opinion after all those books (12) and articles by John Vigor defending the heavy good old boats as the only good offshore boats
It is worth to remember that the main Vigor offshore experience was 1 transat in a heavy 30ft
while Cornell has circumnavigated several times, made more than 200000Nm in all the oceans, including the Arctic and the Antarctic and has circumnavigated in heavy and light boats, having a huge experience with both type of boats.