No I know, I was being sarcastic. 'cept for the part about being a dick, but atleast I own up to it. Back on task, I think your character may be the sort that would design and have their own boat built, rather than a production, Probably a a trimaran. That's what I would do if I was wicked smart and had no budget limitations, and wanted fast.
You're right but (and maybe I should have said) she doesn't choose the boat. It is chosen for her, along with the itinerary of the journey, by someone who:
- Knows how talented she is
- Holds great interest in her safety
- Wants to challenge her a little nevertheless
- Has bottomless pockets
- Is not sure whether she will be accompanied or not so has to come up with a boat that can be single handled and accommodate two
- Needs her to complete the journey as quickly as possible.
She finds out about the boat at the same time as she finds out about the trip, pretty much.
As for why the journey is done westward through Panama instead of eastward through Suez is a matter of plot, which I'm afraid I can't share anymore than I have already.
So, knowing all of this, how does the choice of the Catana 47 hold in your opinion? If there are objections then great, because it will feed the story