If a yacht is well constructed and appropriately fitted out, it can cross oceans. Some of my favorite sailing stories involved sailing across oceans or even around the world in a small yacht. 21 foot Trekka took John Guzwell around the world. Later he sold Trekka and cruised on a 45 foot yacht.
Sergio Testa sailed around the world from Australia
on Acrohc Australis which was 11 feet and 10 inches in length. The voyage took him 500 days, many of which were miserable because he was in such a cramped space, and his yacht was tossed around by the large seas offshore. You can go a museum in Brisbane
and see this small yacht.
Most people find smaller yachts cramped and uncomfortable when they are sailing offshore. The motion of a small vessel in large confused seas can be violent.
You can take a well constructed yacht just about anywhere you want to sail, but it may not be in comfort. Larger vessels have an easier motion in challenging seas.
In an age of floating condominiums voyaging offshore with every know convenience on board, many will scoff at the sailor of small seaworthy
affordable yachts. I do not scoff. I admire those hearty sailors who do their thing in small unpretentious yachts.
Only you can answer whether you can make a Ranger
26 seaworthy for offshore voyaging. Many people would say no.
But if you ask Dave and Jaja Martin, they might say yes because they sailed their modified Cal
24 around the world having two children
along the way.