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Re: sailing the Bahamas
Does size really matter? Hmm? Something goes wrong out there, how big is that life raft? Big enough to save your life!
Everytime someone says you need 30x or 40x feet minimum to be safe offshore every Flicka sailor in the world just rolls their eyes! Flicka's are 20 feet long and have a documented blue water pedigree.
The thing about these little boats is that they are built like brick outhouses. Not much is going to tear them to pieces. And therein is the point: It's not size that matters, but strength! The problem with coastal cruisers is that they are lightly built. They can't take days on end of pounding into big storm generated seas. The rig is the first to fail, if the hull deck joint doesn't go first. That's assuming the keel stays on. They are what they are. And what they are is plenty strong to sail to the Bahamas. If you have concerns, you can always pay to beef them up. Stronger rig, reinforced joints etc.
So, sailing to the Bahamas in a 27 footer IMO, not a problem. Just pick your weather and go for it!! Now wanna go for the BVI on a Hunter 25, we need to talk!
Last edited by TJC45; 07-23-2013 at 05:46 PM.