As usual Mr. Ganier brings up an excellent point. Captain Bligh sailed his longboat because it was the only boat he had. I suspect Robert crossed the Atlantic in his boat for much the same reason. There are countless threads here devoted to the ideal cruising boat, if not the ideal deep sea boat. I suspect that many young people do not feel that they have the time, money, and certainly not the patience to acquire that lightly used Swan and end up saying, "screw it, this is what I got, I'm going".
I believe there was a post not that long back about someone in the Caribbean watching for a break in the weather, when a 24 footer sailed into harbor. Inquiring on where the young German (?) man had come from he received the reply, "Africa". Inquiring further as to how he'd gotten here, the young man replied, "I headed west". I may be off in the details but I think it illustrates Mr. Ganier's point quite well; "go small, go young, go now".
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