Sorry to hijack the thread agian, but you have inspired me.
The posts on Coastal vs Blue Water pin pointed my delema precisley. I have, for the most part, the desire to do coastal cruising... with the delema that the coasts I want to cruise along are seperated by incredibly large oceans
So, what specific boats pop to mind when thinking of doing that? for myself, ones in the smaller (read: less expensive) area''s would be apreciated, although I''m sure other people would like to know as their size requirements vary.
I know it can be done in anything, but to do it well? There is the fall back of course of my current goal, the west coast triton, which I am hoping to purchase in the next 2 or 3 years, after I have deemed myself ready to move up from my little Josie, which I know people do cross oceans and enjoy coastal cruising in, but I do like other ideas as well.
I''ve also been looking at the Badger, but have yet to sail on a dory, and truth be told, yet to hear kind words about their sailing ability from anyone I know.
But for a small boat for coastal cruising, but with intent to sporadicly cross oceans, (I know, the horror of compromise, whoa is me) what boats would you experts look at? (once agian preferably in the smaller (cheap) range)
And to try to contribute to the actual thread a little; I am in the process (for the past few years) of setting up a web hosting company with a friend. He is learning to do the maintenance, and I am creating the system, and writing all the custom software. I have worked from the road as a software designer before, with a laptop. I work as I can, and every few weeks, pop in and drop my latest creation back on them, and get feedback from the previous version for revisions. Likewise, if you''re willing to take small breaks in your cruising, depending on where you are, many previously third world countries are diving into the tech world head first, and need geeks with skills.