The boat will make it, will you?? Others have detailed things you are going to have to look at before you leave like new rigging
. We met a couple in Tahiti
in a 26' folkboat
. They'd been out cruising for two years without any problems other than how to fit TWO people in that small a boat. They'd done a few deliveries on bigger boats and prefered their 26 footer.
Today, there seems to be a mentality that 50' and all the bells and whistles is the only way to go cruising. All you need is sound boat, like yours, that is set up properly. An outboard will work just fine. If you are into sailing you'll only use it to get in to tight harbors. You will need a way to recharge your battery(ies) like a solar
panel or two. You might have to make some modifications to the interior
to be able to store enough food
for some of the longer passages. Hanging lockers are a waste of space. Might want to put shelves in it or tear it out and redesign the space. The same goes for water where you'll need a 1/2 gallon per day per person of estimated passage
time plus a significant safety
margin. A tiller is a big plus. Wheels are a yuppie affectation that only add potential problems. You'll need a self steering
vane. Navik makes one for small boats and a Monitor
or CapeHorn would also probably work just fine. A depth sounder
, some way to measure distance through the water, a digital watch with cheap
to check accuracy, plastic sextant
(can be xerox'd) will get you around the world. Personally wouldn't go without a couple of GPS's but those can be had for a $150 each or less. Roller furling
is nice but has a problem with sail changes in nasty conditions. Hank on headsails have worked for a few thousand years and probably will work for a few more. You can add additional cockpit drains. It's not the distance from the water but the diameter of the drains or restrictions in the drain system that's causing the slow draining.
Somebody is feeding you a load of garbage about your hull
. FRP does have a very slow water absorption ability but in everyday use it's water tight. You are getting water in the boat from something other than through the hull layup
. You need to find out where the water is getting in and fix it if you can. A little water is just an annoyance so you might need to make a risk analysis whether it absolutely needs to be dealt with. Most times, moisture meter readings are from the deck
. It's the deck core
material that soaks up water from leaking fittings. That does need to be handled as it will cause the core
material to rot
It really boils down to your ability to survive in the confined spaces of a 25' boat. A lot of people have done it but it's not the norm. I'd take my next vacation
and see if I could live continuously on the boat. Take notes on what doesn't work and figure out ways to modify the boat to deal with them. If it doesn't work at all for you, sell the boat and buy a larger boat. You will at least then have the experience of experience of what you need.
FWIW, I live aboard my boat for up to 3 weeks at a time. I actually only use about 10', 14' if you count the engine
, of the boat for living. I'm rebuilding the boat as time passes and the rest of the boat is crammed with tools and materials used in the modifications or torn apart. Hopefully some day the space will be available but I don't really miss it now. It would be another story if my wife was on board, however.
Good luck in your endeavor.