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With respect to boats, it might be better to list one on which you would feel safe.
One smaller one in which I would have some faith would be a Dana 24. I have sailed one in confined waters (San Juan Islands) and was impressed by the design and the build quality.
With respect to crew, some folks have jumped "sight unseen" and succeeded. One highly qualified and experienced instructor that I knew was quoted as saying that anyone who went offshore was an effing idiot. He had a highly touted boat.
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