Only in the US would anything under 50 ft be considered a day boat! The Europeans have been sailing tender
sized boats across oceans since the invention of wind
. The move towards floating villas is relatively new and has more to do with the charter
market than sailing. Robin Knox-Johnson won the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race
in 1969 in a 32 footer called Suhaili. He became the first man to circumnavigate non stop, single
handed. For me the true measure of this young man wasn't the feat of endurance but that he subsequently donated his winnings to the widow of fellow competitor Donald Crowhurst who failed to make it home.
Blue water sailing
is mostly about preparation and planning. If you want to find a true ocean going boat in the smaller range look at the 1970's era. Look for Van der Stadt, Bruce Roberts
, Nicholson, Westerly etc . All of these have stood the test of time.
There are different schools of thought on boat size, for me it has been important that it shouldn't break the bank. When it becomes expensive it dulls the pleasure of ownership
, so just big enough for the job works for me. I chose a Targa 96, 32 ft, centre cockpit
, world cruiser for a family
of four. She is currently in Boston, I plan to sail her home to Norway