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Re: long distance cruising in a PS 34?
When we were out doing French Polynesia in the '70s, most boats were under 40', many well under. One French Couple had sailed from home in a converted Life Boat that wasn't much more than 20' if that. Grant, who probably is on the list, cruised with his wife on a 26' boat, we were on a 32', many others in boats in the mid 30's. The single humongous boat was a 44' that had the novelty of novelties, a washer dryer combo. Their gear was good for a lot of conversation among us cruisers on why you'd want, let alone install, a W/D on a boat. The idea of cruising on a boat bigger than 40' was largely a foreign concept. Of course most of us were in our late 20's, 30's and sailed what we could afford.
Since GPS has ruined cruising, anyone with enough money to buy a condo can buy a floating one and point it somewhere. One upmanship seems to have taken over with half century catamarans that have more heads than crew aren't at all unusual. It's not that you need all that boat but that they can afford it.
A boat with the reputation of the PSC should be stout enough even for sailing the Capes. Wouldn't hesitate a moment in taking one that was reasonably prepared almost anywhere.