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[QUOTE=Jeff_H;523163]If you already owned a Bermuda 40 and knew that the boat was in really good shape, and not just cosmetically clean, and that she was not beaten to death by a few or more minor or major clamities piled on to decades of hard use, and normal wear and tear. And you were a really knowledgable sailor so that you knew when to change sails, and the boat was already fit out with the proper gear and with storm sails for that kind of passage, and you were good with the boat's rolly, pitchy motion, clunking centerboard, and slow speed and did not mind packing light and being wet for 3-4 weeks or so, then why not.
People have taken these boats all over the place. The Bermuda 40 would be close to the bottom of my list of boats capable of making a passage like this, but then again, it would not be me making the passage. From my perspective, offshore passage makers should not be sellected based on their looks alone.
Jeff, i respect your opinions and your posts may be the most well thought out on any sailing BB that i know of... but in my case i have a unique set of criteria... i want to sail across, (maybe back) spend a little time in the Med, then truck the stick to LaHarve and motor up the french canals. Come back following summer do Cowles week then the rally/race from the Canaries back across... then sell the boat without losing much $$$, then get a pretty daysailor... all that on a limited budget...
also, boats to me are more than a means to an end, i really want to look at my boat everyday and say, wow, she's mine, i am one lucky s.o.b. !!!