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It is strange what people consider to be a small boat

I recently resigned my column at small craft advisor because I now have a 26 footer

which in my mind is a large boat - until I take it to a Solent Marina where it is dwarfed by the 30 foot twin wheel scoop sterned cheese wedges in their serried ranks.

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I've always regarded 20' as the dividing line between "small" and "big" boats - probably due to the need to keep the big ones in the water for the most part.

As for "How far", Webb Chiles sailed most of the way around the world in an open 18' Drascombe Lugger. When that was happening I remember thinking that proved there was no lower limit on the boat, only on the skipper.
 

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Here’s to the crazy ones.

Yeah, but he's nuts. :eek:
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
 

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Circumnavigated Manhattan on a Sunfish a dozen years ago. One very long day on a very little boat. Got stopped by the harbor police as we sailed by the United Nations who wanted to know what the hell we were doing out there....
 

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I once took a seakayak on a 300km roundtrip trip from Oslo,Norway to an island (North Koster) in Sweden. The trip was 12 days total (7 down the fjord and 5 back up it) with camping on the coast each night. It wasn't terribly difficult if you showed good seamanship - hugging the coast when appropriate; never crossing large bodies or congested waters at known busy times of the day; and stopping off along the coast when tired or hungry. It's all relative when in either large or small boats. I sorta cheated though on the way back up Oslofjord. I had made a 9 square meter triangular sail out of spinnaker cloth that I propped up ( 2 sticks in sleeves on the sides) in front me to sail home. It was a hoot because the winds are always from the South in the summer. I could drop the sail or reef it by rolling it up in strong gusts and sail cross wind. The worst part of the trip was the knuckleheaded motorboaters that would zoom passed to check me out. It was a wonderful trip though.
 

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Sailed a hobie 16 from Ocean City NJ to Lewes Delaware , slept overnight on the trampoline in the state park so the crabs wouldn't annoy us. and back the next day
16 foot sail boat averaging 14 knots
Beer and cooler in one of the hulls

Those were the simpler days������
 

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Across the Bay of Chaleur (Atlantic Ocean, New Brunsick) and back in a 16' open dingy (Mistral 16), about 25 miles each way.
That would be my longest sail in the smallest boat.
Also had a real blast in the same area sailing a Hobie 16 in the tag end of a hurricane, Only time I have ever worn a helmet sailing.
Until last summer I owned a cottage there. Just outside of Bathurst.
 
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