Originally Posted by TonyGP
All the talk about certain features being more favourable for true bluewater boats is just hype.
Not so much hype as personal preferences and sign o'the times.
What used to be the ideal world cruiser is now only a coastal sailor by many standards. Most of us are from relatively rich countries and have money
to spend. So boats get bigger and bigger, and more and more bells and whistles become the standard.
An acquaintance of mine still owns the boat he circumnavigated with years ago. Family
of 3 on a 32' boat. Basic as can be: autopilot/windvane, solar panels
receiver, handheld GPS
No issues at all, they were as safe as you can be on the ocean and cruising about.
These days, when he sails
in anything else then ideal lazy summer sailing conditions, he'll often get some looks or even comments from sailors / boaters who think a little boat like that should only sail local puddles, especially with kids
on board (they circumnavigated with one).
The choice is really yours. When you meet the world cruisers, you'll see boats of every size and make, some as basic as can be, others with all the bells and whistles and most somewhere in between.
In the end, they all watch the same sunsets in the same anchorages
and meet for happy hour at the same local cruisers hot spots.
What you need is a good basis (as in: well built & maintained): hull
and sails (and, when you have your boat, invest in a decent ground tackle).
What type of boat and keel
, how big and what comfort level & which bells & whistles is all very personal.