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long distance cruising in a PS 34?

Any Pacific Seacraft 34 owners out there complete a major passage; i.e., crossing the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans? I know the boat is capable of doing so safely, but from what I have read it seems like most major passages are made on boats > 40 ft.
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Re: long distance cruising in a PS 34?

Joshua Slocum's Spray was 36-foot-9-inches long.
About 14 sub-40 footers are presently racing around the world single-handed, nonstop. Check out the Mini Transat 6.50 if you want to see even smaller boats crossing the Atlantic.
You don't need a 40 plus footer to cross oceans any more than you need a huge SUV to commute to work. In both cases, it is the person making the decisions that will make or break any trip.
The size of the boat, however, directly affects the comfort of those aboard. Some of us prefer the home-like comforts of a larger boat and others are perfectly happy to camp out, living in a cramped, tiny space.
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Try Googling "Voyage of the Swan" and read about Dave and Rhonda Mancini's voyages in their PSC 34. Dave provided an amazing amount of information about his PSC 34 and his cruising. You can also search this site for his entries.
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Re: long distance cruising in a PS 34?

forgive my ignorance,, but what do they do when storms come round try to out sail them? I'd think that would be a helluva bumpy ride in a small boat...
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Re: long distance cruising in a PS 34?

Throw a Jordan series drogue off the stern, button up, take a sturgeron and go to sleep on the saloon sole just like you would on a bigger boat.
Unless you’re on a Rapido 60 this business of outrunning storms is fantasy. You can preposition to miss a cyclonic depression with sufficient forewarning on occasion but think any boat going to sea should be able to handle a gale with storm sails and a storm with drogue or sea anchor
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Try Googling "Voyage of the Swan" and read about Dave and Rhonda Mancini's voyages in their PSC 34. Dave provided an amazing amount of information about his PSC 34 and his cruising. You can also search this site for his entries.
I will definitely check that out - thanks!
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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.
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Joshua Slocum's Spray was 36-foot-9-inches long.
The standards have changed since 1895.

Tons of much smaller boats have done these types of crossings.

The question is do you have the skills to make this type of crossing and is the boat well founded for it. Pacific Seacraft are well made boats but if you have 30 year old rigging it might not survive a crossing if you hit rough weather.

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forgive my ignorance,, but what do they do when storms come round try to out sail them? I'd think that would be a helluva bumpy ride in a small boat...
The theory is the bigger a boat the better it can handle heavy weather. Which would be more comfortable in a storm, a 45 footer racer/cruiser or a full keeled double ender like the PSC34?
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The standards have changed since 1895.
But have they really? Aren't most of us sailing the boats we can afford? I've not seen a lot of 1%ers sailing PSC 34's or poor folks sailing 66' Oysters.
Joshua Slocum probably couldn't have afforded a bigger boat, and as it was if memory serves, he rebuilt it stem to stern. Not only he was the first solo circumnavigator, he probably did it on the first project boat, too. lol.
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