Originally Posted by sea_kaban
I have several considerations. I think I need 4 people crew for steering and having some time to rest. It mean there is a need for 2 cabins at least.
I am planning to have supplies for 3 month (to be on safe side) and it will be about 500 kilograms of water only. With all spare parts and food it will be more. I do want boat for which such additional weight will not be too much load on rigging.
One month travel is not easy on people and having a bit of space helps.
I also read that 40 feet is a size considered safe for Atlantic.
In the same time - i am not that experienced in offshore sailing (although have some) and bigger boat will be a bit more forgiving to me...
I've been on 40 footers where I thought I was going to die just sitting at the dock
and just this last weekend sailed on a Sato (?) 26 that I would circumnavigate in.
Don't fall prey to the bigger is better tribe ... It's BS.
A good book on the subject is "A Sensible Guide to Cruising" by Don Casey. It'll help you figure out what is truly necessary.
Personally, I'd take a 32-35' boat, built in the 60s, full keel
, sound rigging (standing and running), sound engine
& functional electronics
and have a go at it. My budget
is 30k. It could be don't for 10-15 with some compromises.