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Define cruising... there are a lot of small boats, <20', that are out gunkholing, and even island hopping. I know of several people who are out in the Caribbean, who left via Florida, and are in boats less than 25' LOA.
There are also quite a few boats <30' that are making ocean passages.
Webb Chiles did make it most of the way around the world in an open 18' Drascombe Lugger. Actually, it was two different Drascombe Luggers, since one was confiscated in Egypt IIRC, and he got a replacement from the company that makes them so he could continue. Stopped in the Canaries IIRC.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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