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What's the furthest you've sailed in the smallest boat?

I've always been curious as to how far cruisers will go in a certain size vessel. I for one, have a 21' sailboat and often wonder how far it will take me...

So here is my question:what is the the longest distance you've sailed in the smallest boat you owned!?



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Re: What's the furthest you've sailed in the smallest boat?

I paddled about a quarter mile down and across the harbor in a 5' plastic toy pool boat when I must have been about 10. I wanted to see if the hamburgers at the Country Club (across the harbor) were better than the ones at the Yacht Club. I didn't drown or have need of my life jacket. Decided that the burgers weren't worth the trip. The background of my avatar photo shows the Country Club's golf course. The boat in the middleground shows the influence of a hamburger forty years later.
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Re: What's the furthest you've sailed in the smallest boat?

Robert Manry crossed the Atlantic in a 13ft boat in the mid-1960s.

In the end, I'm not sure these anecdotes translate to anyone else. One's success on any passage is influenced by a combination of one's specific boat and her condition, the skipper, the crew, the weather and luck.


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Re: What's the furthest you've sailed in the smallest boat?

Took an Ericson 27 from SF Bay to Barra Navidad and back. I'm on the East coast now and commute between the Carolinas and the Bahamas in a Cal 29.
The only problem I see with a 21' foot boat is that you have no place to store beer.

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Re: What's the furthest you've sailed in the smallest boat?

I personally haven't traveled very far on a very small boat as I really enjoy my creature comforts. I do know of a young Japanese man who sailed a 19 footer from Japan to San Francisco. There is also a Mini Transat race for 21 footers.
So I'd say it wasn't a matter of how big the boat was, but the sailor's er xxxxs.
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all over san diego bay in an 11 ft kite, aka newport 11
catalina and back to lost angeles frequently in a 25 coronado. (26.1 miles each way)
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I sail the entire Chesapeake and Delaware bays in a 25' C & C and would go a lot further if i didn't have to work.
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hay sharkbait did i meet you or was this before i got here???? i knew a fella in a ericson 27 in la cruz... he did a packing box of my rudder in exchange for some chain he needed... was that you???


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Re: What's the furthest you've sailed in the smallest boat?

I stay for weeks at a time on my 20 foot Mirage 5.5m. Sail all over Pamlico Sound, NC. I could easily go to Florida if I had the time off work long enough for such a trip. I stay on weekends in my 16 foot Chrysler on an inland lake (Kerr). It is really cramped but can be done. It is warm and dry at night.
It is more about what kind of a trooper you are than what kind of a boat you have. But I would not go smaller than 20 feet for any kind of long distance sailing.
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In a 9'6" sailboat, I've circumnavigated,...

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So here is my question:what is the the longest distance you've sailed in the smallest boat you owned!?
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... Cuttyhunk Pond. We've sailed many, many, harbors on the NE coast in this boat. In fact, in two small sailboats(under 10'), we've sailed hundreds of miles, many of those miles with 4 of us onboard.

But to your question, so far, we've sailed a Cape Dory 28 the farthest from our home waters. In our case, distance sailed from home - so far - had more to with our age at the time, than the boat.

These days I'm more engaged in the quality of the miles we sail, than the quantity.

Tom Young sailing a 1961 38' Alden Challenger, CHRISTMAS out of
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