with others aboard is one thing. Cruising single
handed is quite another. The space requirement is different. If you're sailing alone theoretically you need less space.
So, take my experience for an example of what can be accomplished on a relatively small boat.
I'd definitely NOT try what I've accomplished without a servopendulum wind steering
system. There were occasions when motoring an electro dependent autopilot
would have been welcome. So having both is an advantage. But I would not rely on the autopilot
The boat - a Nor'Sea27 by Lyle Hess. He also designed Talesien, owned by Lynn and Larry Pardee.
I sailed the boat nearly twice around the world solo. Only reason I didn't close the circles is I couldn't make sense of paying the expense of using the Panama Canal
, sailing 5,000 n.m. to Hawaii
and then 2,000 n.m. to the U.S. west coast
Few people sail as simply outfitted as I, and there's lots of stuff you don't need.
You'll find lot's of stuff about the Nor'Sea27 online and there's a user group.