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Too small for blue water?

I've been sailing small boats 18-22 feet for years. It's always been in the ICW or lakes. Do you think an 18 footer with a center board is too small to venture offshore?? Maybe a jaunt from Charleston to Jacksonville??
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Re: Too small for blue water?

Should probably say its a 18 foot cruiser.
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Re: Too small for blue water?

Here is the story of Mike Mann who sailed his Montgomery 15 from California to Hawaii.

Montgomery 15 sails from the West Coast to Hawaii
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Re: Too small for blue water?

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Maybe a jaunt from Charleston to Jacksonville??
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That is just a coastal cruise so sure.

But the question really isn't whether the boat can do it, it is whether you are going to enjoy it.
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Re: Too small for blue water?

People find light bulbs floating in the middle of the ocean. Small, properly-designed, built, and equipped boats can go lots of places. Good weather makes it easier. There are small cruisers that are up to crossing oceans, and there are small cruisers that should stick to small lakes on calm days. We don't know which kind yours is.
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Re: Too small for blue water?

It is a Precision 18. I've read a few reports that they can be knocked over easily. I have not experienced her in large seas. I guess the inexperience is probably what intimidates me about taking her offshore.
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Re: Too small for blue water?

It is a Precision 18. I've read a few reports that they can be knocked over easily. I have not experienced her in large seas. I guess the inexperience is probably what intimidates me about taking her offshore.
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Re: Too small for blue water?

Webb Chiles sailed most of the way around the world in an open 18' Drascombe Lugger.

Not the way I would choose to do it but....

There's a thread on SA right now about a guy who bought a $500 San Juan 24 in Washington and set off - he's in Hawaii right now.

Again, not the way......
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Re: Too small for blue water?

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I've been sailing small boats 18-22 feet for years. It's always been in the ICW or lakes. Do you think an 18 footer with a center board is too small to venture offshore?? Maybe a jaunt from Charleston to Jacksonville??
You should first take your boat out into the ocean for day trips to see how your boat handles open water in progressively less than ideal weather. Going south along the eastern coast can be rough and that is why ICW was built.
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