My Bristol 27 has been an awesome teacher for me. When I sailed it down here to Va Beach, there was a small craft advisory that was issued as I was coming down the bay. Of course, I did the easy part of the bay when the wind
was a nice 5-15 knots, but when I awoke to sail across the lower bay where the Atlantic Ocean
meets the Chesapeake, the wind
decided to crank up to around 25 knots outta the NE. I decided to cross anyway. The boat took care of me on the way across. I hadn't yet gotten my sea legs after being off boats for a couple years so I was feeling quite seasick on the crossing. But under autopilot
(with only a few corrections from me) the boat brought me through. (I was pretty much just laying in the cockpit)
Now that I realize I do enjoy sailing monhulls, I have seen a couple larger boats I wouldn't mind getting. One is a Tartan 31 and the other is a Bristol 35.5 so if anyone is in that beginner monohull
mode or small voyaging boat mode send me a PM and maybe we can work something out.