I sailed my 27' Balboa
, Lyle Hess design, with a 2.5' draft
& swing keel, from The Chesapeake to Key West
. I was outside from Wilmington, NC to Charleston, SC. Then inside until FL. I hopped back out in Ft Lauderdale and stayed out until Key West
. The boat only weighed 4,600lbs-ish, but handled amazingly on the ocean. If you know what you're doing, don't be afraid to get out there on a little boat.
And it's a transom hung rudder
w/ 8hp Honda outboard