A Voyaging Cruiser's Page
We know, we know......"full keelers", "crubcrushers", "built like tanks", "their hulls are THIS thick", "they were built when builders didn't know how strong fiberglass was" and on and on and on..............................actually, we AGREE :-)
This page is going to touch some nerve. I can see it now..."How come my boat wasn't mentioned ?" . Well, we try to be pragmatists. First, the average sailor does not possess an open check book. So, our focus is somewhat limited to primarily used and affordable vessels. What IS affordable ? Since this is not an economics forum, lets stop nit-picking and get to the points that matter. A maximum cap of $200,000.00 is very generous, I think. Second, it's a proven fact that any boat can go around the world. A Catalina 27 has done it, a Cal 25 has been there, as have, even smaller boats. The issue here though, is, what kind of modifications were made to these vessels to make them seaworthy enough to undertake such huge tasks ? It can be said that, "No boat is ready to undertake this journey straight from the factory"....true enough, but you also don't have to totally rebuild the boat to classify it as a "Blue Water Cruiser". That's an avenue we are not going to go through. In addition, several steel haul boats and one-offs have cruised successfully all over the world. While there are out there, the chance of aiming one's search for such vessels and actually finding one to buy, is a very remote possibility.
The scope of this page is to simply, offer a list and some ideas to cruising sailors who are in the process of researching their new or next cruising sailboat. A sailboat which when called to the task (and with ordinary modifications), can be singlehanded and take it's skipper to far away places. For the sake of sanity, we'll trim the list from, no less than 24 feet LOA, to about 45 feet LOA (with the exception of some legendary and extraordinary little vessel).
This list is STILL under construction
24 - 31 Feet LOA
32 - 38 Feet LOA
39 - 45 Feet LOA