You've obviously gathered by now that a Catalina
aren't the right boats for a high latitude adventure, though they can do just fine on the Coconut Milk Run.
Unlike others, I don't think it's silly to be thinking about the end game
right now. It helps fire the dream to have a picture of the right boat on your desktop
. Obsessing about the details right now helps keep you fired up, even if the details might change a bit in the next decade or two.
In my view, the Boreal 44 is a great boat for this mission. Also, John over at Attainable Adventure Cruising
is designing a boat for exactly this that, if he can get it into production, will be a game
changer. His site is amazing, especially for high latitude stuff, though you do have to pay for most content. At $20 a year, I've found it well worthwhile.
In the meantime, learn to sail
, buy a small starter boat
, and consider joining a racing crew