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There are some very capable 18-19' sailboats. Webb Chiles made it most of the way around the world in an 18' open Drascombe Lugger—but that's a bit of an extreme example. The Flicka, which is 20' LOD, has crossed oceans fairly frequently.
However, the Glen-L 19 you're looking to build is probably not seaworthy enough to go up the coast safely IMHO. It would probably be fine for sailing around the Chesapeake though.
Also, NOLA's point about home-built boats is very valid, and the cost of the materials and time it would take you to build the boat is probably comparable to what a smaller trailerable sailboat would cost you—ready to go out of the box, so to speak. While some of the boats he has named would probably not be as useful, being not suitable for trailering and generally requiring a marina slip, like the Ariel, there are a lot of decent performance, fairly seaworthy trailerable designs out there to pick from.
Whether a smaller boat can go out on the ocean has a lot to do with the design of the boat more than the length of the boat. There are 30' boats that I would be very hesitant to take anywhere off of a protected bay or large lake...and there are 20' designs that I would take out on the ocean.
As for dogs... that is really dog specific. Some dogs don't get seasick, others don't ever get used to the motion of the boat and are sick the whole time aboard. A golden retriever is probably a better choice than say a rotweiller... but may be a bit large for a 19' boat IMHO.
If you took the rig off of an 18' catamaran, it might make more sense to build a multihull to put the rig back onto.
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Last edited by sailingdog; 07-17-2007 at 04:26 PM.