I have been having similar misgivings about doing progressively more open water
sailing in a boat not designed for the purpose. I sail a little racer/cruiser C&C
25 Mk1. The boat is so tender
it is ridiculous, but obviously just slapping 1-3 hundred pounds on the keel
is not the first things I should consider.
I am a big believer in working with what I have. Obviously, doing passages on this boat is not advised to begin with. If I want to continue to consider it, apart from getting tons of safety gear
and other cruising equipment
, I would have to be particularly patient in waiting for the best weather
windows to make safe passages, however short/long they might be.
People have done crazier things, in crazier boats. More than anything, I know my tendency to "nuke it" and make a situation worse. I have stopped considering it reasonable to slap that 200lb bulb on what is a small, light racing
weekending boat, all just to achieve stability. Instead, I am focusing on sailing her in bad close-to-shore weather
to see how she truly responds. We'll see.
My suggestion? Sail your boat! =)