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Old 18-11-2014, 13:21   #16
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Re: World Cruising with Hunter 23

The Albin Vega suggestion would def fit the bill on a budget. Otherewise, here's the obligatory link to a great small bluewater boat list: atomvoyages.com/planning/good-old-boats-list.html

There's probably someone out there who's circumnavigated in a Hunter 23, but it seems to me the seamanship would have to make up for the boat's shortcomings, as well as basically re-building all the boat's major systems as already mentioned. Don't underestimate the cost and time associated with a major refit of even a small boat.

Only other thing I got..I was new to sailing a few years back and have managed to find plenty of adventure (and time spent refitting) without having to look very hard.

The standard analogy is that boat's are like tools..find, make or refit the right one for the job.

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Old 18-11-2014, 13:40   #17
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Re: World Cruising with Hunter 23

Howdy!

I have always been interested in the small boats used by some for long voyages and ocean crossing.

My suggestions:

1. When you post on this forum, first indicate your sailing experience and limitations (budget).

2. Go to Youtube and search for videos about the Jester Challenge and Ming Ming or Roger Taylor (an experienced singlehanded sailor who uses small boats modified for North Atlantic crossing).

Good luck.
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Old 18-11-2014, 13:50   #18
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Re: World Cruising with Hunter 23

Reading about other solo small boat sailors is a good idea.

Add Webb Chiles to the list. self-portrait in the present sea Webb Chiles

Or to add fact to fiction, Tristain Jones.

Tristan Jones - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

and Joshua Slocum, Sailing Alone Around the World

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Old 18-11-2014, 13:51   #19
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Re: World Cruising with Hunter 23

Enjoy the boat you have learn to sail if you haven't already. Plenty of things can be learned about navigation and sailing abilities with that boat. Just don't try and make it something it isn't. There are many boats on the Bluewaterboats.org list that can be had well below $10k.

I currently have a Columbia 29 which is on that list, that with a little beefing up of the big windows and some gear would do just fine. If you looking for old and cheap boats there is also the Pearson Vanguard which would do with some work as well. If you like Hunters look at the Cherubini (sp?) designed Hunter 37 cutter. For under $20k you get a well built great handling boat. I just saw one in my area sell for under $14k in great shape with a new diesel. There is also a earlier Cherubini Hunter 30 I believe that you should be able to find under $10k. However there are a lot of decent boats around with better initial quality than Hunters going for similar prices. Don't get stuck on a brand.
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Old 18-11-2014, 14:02   #20
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An inexperienced sailor singlehanding a Hunter 23 from Florida to England? Have you considered just jumping off a tall building? It's cheaper and faster!
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For what it may be worth? I would have to agree with those saying it is a hair brained idea?
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I've heard that a San Juan 24 is an excellent offshore drifter cruiser.

(I am not being serious - get a decent boat to cross an ocean)
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Having done the W-E crossing a few times I'd agree with the folk who say... "Find a better boat..."
The first few hundred miles to the Azores are on beat fighting a current... the other way via Bermuda I would not recommend in that 23..
There's enuf big boats getting beat up without you..
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I friend in FL a year ago bought Niagara 35 for $12K. It needed some work which he partially did himself and partially contracted out. Invested all together probably $3-5K plus his time. Recently, after a year of sailing her, he decided that she was too small for his needs and few weeks ago sold her for just under $20K to a European guy who is taking her to Europe as we speak. The buyer being from a Euro country was ecstatic to get her so cheaply but was bumming about anticipated additional import duties, etc.
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I'm impressed how many are getting sucked into this thread
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I'm impressed how many are getting sucked into this thread
With that magic phrase as the header how couldn't we?

I propose combining this and the appendix thread. And we'll have a winner.
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I'm impressed how many are getting sucked into this thread
Glad you could add an erudite comment. It certainly helps advance the discussion.

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It doesn't have to be a bigger boat, but it does need to be a better built boat.

I'll look into the Ericson and get back later.
Is that the Ericson 30-1, 30-2 or 30+? If you don't know which model, do you know the year? Or do you have photos?
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Don't overlook Catamarans there's an affordable 65' out there somewhere.





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