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10-11-2013 02:50 PM
PCP
Re: Best boat to sail around the world ?

The answer is: the one you have

If you want to do it...just do it after preparing and refitting properly the boat. Most of the cruising boats can do that with some security margin. Normally the bigger the better, assuming the same type of boat.

But you better know how to sail and handle bad weather
10-11-2013 11:30 AM
MikeOReilly
Re: Best boat to sail around the world ?

The answer: My boat, a Rafiki-37.

Seriously though, I like most of your options, but there are many others out there. Take as much time as you can to sail, and cruise, on the boats. There is a significant size difference amongst your group. And while most on your list were well built, the majority will also be 25+ years old by now. Be concerned with upkeep. A cheap boat can easily become the most expensive overall option.
10-11-2013 09:45 AM
chris_gee
Re: Best boat to sail around the world ?

You have two issues buying and doing. Even if someone provided you with an answer or it were possible you would still be well advised to study the issues involved in choosing. Repairs and upgrading are likely to be significant costs.
Then on a practical basis it depends rather on what is available at the time.
Before buying it would be a good idea to read up on the subject including the considerable amount on the internet. Doing so is a good pre-qualifier.
10-11-2013 09:15 AM
BubbleheadMd
Re: Best boat to sail around the world ?

10-11-2013 08:59 AM
FirstCandC
Re: Best boat to sail around the world ?

Couldn't post two links:
The Alberg 35 Sailboat : Bluewaterboats.org
10-11-2013 08:57 AM
FirstCandC
Re: Best boat to sail around the world ?

I am not qualified to vote, but would the Alberg 35 be a better choice than the Alberg 30?


Here is one for sale for 21K:
Alberg 35 Sailboat REDUCED
10-11-2013 01:16 AM
Tenoch
Re: Best boat to sail around the world ?

Since you are a couple, remember there will be a big difference in livable space between an Alberg 30 and a Tayana 37. (of course the price will be proportional).
10-10-2013 10:56 PM
capta
Re: Best boat to sail around the world ?

You are kinda going about this backwards. You might be better off taking sailing lessons and sailing some of the boats on your list, crewing on any boat that will have you, before you choose a boat.
As you gain experience and knowledge your choice of boats will probably change and it would be a shame to be stuck with a boat that really doesn't suit your needs when you are ready to sail off into the sunset.
Asking advice on here might be interesting, but so many here haven't a clue when it comes to reality. They may know a well built, strong boat, quite capable of a circumnavigation, but would it be suitable? What would a New Englander, for instance, know of the comfort of the bunk you are going to be sleeping on in 86% humidity and 88 degree night in the tropics?
Is the galley going to be suitable to produce interesting and tasty meals on a 20 to 30 day passage and can the boat even hold enough stores, water, fuel to cross an ocean for a couple?
There is so much more to think about, if you really want to become one of the few adventures who actually set off on their dream voyage, than the size and make of the boat at this point. Get some experience and then you will know what boat you will want.
10-10-2013 09:56 PM
casey1999
Re: Best boat to sail around the world ?

I'd go with and S&S 34:

One did a double non stop circumnavigation via all 5 capes.
Perfect size for 2 people.

Here is another good site:
http://bluewaterboats.org/
10-10-2013 09:50 PM
SlowButSteady
Re: Best boat to sail around the world ?

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Originally Posted by bobperry View Post
Slow:
Tough call. Both boats have done it. For some odd reason I'm partial to the Baba 30. A bricklayer from Baltimore did a solo circumnavigation in his Baba 30. Got to love that.
I suspected that you might be partial to the Baba, for some reason.

BTW, just to toss a real wildcard into the mix, if I was going to try such a trip singlehanded and wanted to "go small" I might be tempted to try finding a Vertue (glass hulled, rather than wood).
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