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Re: bluewater yacht suggestions under 20k USD.
I think it's just as if not more important that the sailor is Blue Water. The boat I single hand off shore, an engineless 1965 Soverel 28 center board sloop, is set up as a day sailor by most peoples accounts. But if I were planning an expedition like you are, I would stick to the west coast on my search, leaving out the Panama Canal, and I would get a boat as close to ready equipment wise as possible. I just dumped 15 grand in to my empty barebones hull on life raft, used sails, battery's water jugs, bildge pumps, halyards etc. etc. etc. and so on. just to do a short 7 day west Carib. crossing. I would easily have dumped another 20 G's if I where crossing the pacific. Not to mention the Canal fees. There are a ton of likely candidates on SailBoatlistings.com California. Most that would already have a lot of the equipment included that I just had to go out and buy. People at the stores kept asking if I just bought a boat. " No" I said, "just time to replace all this stuff." I would not count on finding someone to share expenses. The type of dude who would split the cost of sailing on a small boat across the Pacific, is probably not the kind of dude you would want with you. Kinda like Jury duty, who wants to be judged by 12 of their peers who aren't smart enough to get out of Jury Duty? When I take crew, I vet them carefully, size 'em up, and offer to pay their way to the boat and home, plus pay all the food and beers in port etc. As far a single handling, I went ahead and spent the money on a new Cape Horn wind vane and a back up Navtec tiller mate. It's what makes it possible, other wise I would spend a lot of time hove to instead of making way. It's the one piece of equipment I'm glad I splurged on.
" Some are boat wise and some are other wise"
Last edited by Capt.aaron; 07-19-2013 at 01:23 PM.