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Regarding Barry's statement:
"I am not an off shore sailor (heck, I'm *barely* a coastal sailor) but I would not describe a trip from Montauk Point NY to Newport VA as 'off shore'. "
I would echo Cameraderie's comments with this anecdote:
About ten years ago, due to a schedule conflict I "missed out" on making this trip aboard a friend's 44 foot cutter. One of my brothers, and another friend that had sailed to NZ and back from US west coast, went along for the trip. While enroute, a subtropical depression formed unexpectedly off the coast of North Carolina and raced up the Eastern Seaboard. To this day, all of them refer to this as the "trip from hell". On a wing and a prayer they were able to limp into Atlantic City, where they recovered for several days from shell-shock. My friend that had sailed to NZ says it was the worst conditions he has ever encountered at sea.
I would not undertake that trip as lightly as some others have suggested here, and definitely not on a Catalina 27. But the Hobie trip around the Horn sounds like a good one for the record books. Go for it.