Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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Re: How small is too small?
Couple of thoughts. Sailing from California to Hawaii is a lot easier than sailing back, so consider what you want to do when you get there.
As a former Nonsuch owner and experienced blue water sailor I would not recommend one for offshore. There are not many things to break with the rig, but almost any malfunction becomes a big issue. Also, your options for reducing sail behind two reefs are limited. I tried three reef points but the wishbone was not well-supported then. Final thought, they are quite expensive because they are such terrific coastal cruisers.
In our travels the small boat we have seen most often are Vega 27s. Think we have seen four of them between the Caribbean, Australia, and South Africa. All were having pleasant circumnavigations with no more issues than bigger boats. Only about six or other boats up to about 33' and no duplicates, although I seem to remember 2 Moody 34s.
Can you do it? Of course, but there is a considerable learning. Try too many shortcuts and you could get yourself into trouble.
Back home on Lake Ontario after something over 36,000 nm circumnavigator. Not surprisingly there is a lot of stuff I want to get done on Ainia both cosmetically and functionally. Getting an early start so it will be ready to go for next summer (Lake Superior?).