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Re: Offshore bluewater cruising - what sailboat would be best?
People sometimes forget that in the 60's and 70's cruising boats were in the range of 27 to 32 feet on average. They were equipped with very little except a compass, sextant, timepiece, lead line and perhaps a radio direction finder or Loran. They managed to get by without watermakers, gensets, ice machines, freezers or fridges, air conditioning and so many other things considered "essential" today. Obviously, this kind of cruising is not for everyone and few today would take off on a cruise on a boat like this. This doesn't alter the fact, however, that there is nothing "impossible" or "dangerous" about taking a sound, small boat on a long cruise. I think with 10K you can probably find, with a little luck, a decent platform to start with. You'd then want to sink some cash into some essential items like new through hulls, rigging, sails, engine maintenance, wind vane (or good AP) spares and at least a GPS, VHF and depth sounder. So let's say another 10K to upgrade the boat to make it seaworthy. There is a lot to be said for a small, simple boat if you can live without luxury. Certainly you'll be spending a lot less time fixing things, chasing down spare parts and maintaining stuff. Heck, with the money you save on the boat you can afford to arrive in port and check into a nice hotel for a few nights to relax and rest from your passage.