I've sailed the Great Lakes
29' before crossing the Atlantic. It can be very choppy out there. The ocean swell is much more gentle then the lakes. We had over 50kts of wind
in a tunderstorm on Lake Erie.
29' long and 8' wide Columbia
was good for two of us, and I can't see why anyone would like more room for singlehanding
. Standing height is importand in my opinion. If you can stand it feels like little house, if not, it's only like camping.
I would suggest an older little cruiser around 30' for singlehanding
. I'm a full keel
guy especially for singlhanding since such boat moves easier and keeps her course longer, what gives you more time for everything. I'd go for heavy displacement
too. I'd check something like
There are many great boats from 60's/70's for around USD10,000. Paying less for boat and upgrading her later is good since you pay little importation tax, but you will need some time and skill to do the work yourself.
Here I have some articles about sailing the Great Lakes