Originally Posted by northoceanbeach
Amuse me, sailing small boat offshore.
To OP, I just read the top post and did not read the rest of the posts from others. Knowing SailNet, I am sure everyone would have given you great advises and the correct answers, even they appear to contradict each other.
I wanted charm in not because I know it all. Frankly, I don't even have a keel boat in my life. I am just sailing other's boat.
Like you, I have been dreaming to sail solo around the world for about 10 to 15 years. I finally decided to pick keel boating in 2008. In the last three and half years, I have been crewing and captaining for other owners. In my own time, I soloed as much as I could in a "time shared" boat in the dark, in storm, in the rage. I often sailed non-stop for 24 to 36 hours to test my ability to stay alert and be self reliant. But I would not recommend anyone to do this, except my children. I know my children because I raised them.
A long time ago, an old salt has told me, I also heard that here and there. He says: There is no blue water boats, there is only blue water sailors. I really did not understand it for a long time. But I always remember his words and keep it in my heart.
Fast forward, in the recent months (within last 6 months), I have been sailing off-shore almost every months (900 to 2000 nm), a few them were back to back. I sailed in the most heavy displacement boats to the late model boats that everyone would laugh at as the dock side condo. But I have been lucky, all trip was successfully without any incidences.
Having sailed so many boats, I begin to realize "It is not the hammer, it is the carpenter
". As for sailing, it is the captain skills and his leadership to work with the crews. It is not that simple and just because one can add a few more feet and a few more tons onto the boat. It will instantly give him a safer boat. If this is true, the big sailboats would be perished at sea. It is a false security.
Would I want to sail a 24 foot sailboat crossing the big pond, I don't think so. Why should I if I can have a bigger boat with better amenity.
The point I wanted to make is the "skills" is most important, including understanding the weather (most difficult), always have Plan B, C, D and E .... ready. With that, I can take a boat to the destination with the proper weather window. Backup up plans are needed. It is hard to solve the problem and find a solution when you are dead tired. Work out the road map in your head or/and on paper, stick with it. In the peaceful time, keep challenging your plan, adapt, improve and keep on sailing
Sailing is a passion. There is no glory in it. No one holds a gun to my head.
OP, good luck. It has been a great journey so far. Hope yours too.