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While it might be capable of crossing an ocean, I wouldn't pick it as my first choice for doing so. It would require a lot of modification to be considered safe for an ocean crossing.
For instance, the cockpit doesn't have a proper bridgedeck and the cockpit drains are rather small for the volume of cockpit that the boat has.
Also, the unsupported rudder is probably not a great choice, especially given the age of the boat.
She's also got a very short waterline for a 30' boat... only 21' 9"—in fact, my 28' boat has a much longer waterline at 26' 4"... The Contessa 26, similar to Tania Aebi's Varuna has a 21' waterline... IMHO, long overhangs, while looking quite graceful, are a risk in heavy weather, since they give the seas a lever arm to push the boat around with...
Recoring the deck is a fairly massive undertaking, as it generally requires removing all of the deck hardware and re-bedding it all. It is a fairly expensive project, and you'd likely have to replace the standing rigging at the same time, as well as repair the compression post or bulkhead on the interior of the boat.
I'd point out that some boats with serious structural problems, and this boat qualifies as one, can have a negative value—in that the repairs to bring the boat to seaworthiness will cost more than the boat is worth. Given the serious deck problems, I would guess that there are other major issues with the boat that you don't know about.
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