OK, now I see.
Anything 27' is a small house (too small a house). It will be tight, probably too tight in the long (beyond 6 months) run. Unless you are like me and you will go camping in a tent for like 8 years.
If long voyages are your target, then I would suggest that prior to choosing the boat for the job you have a good look at some boats of the same length that have more classic hull
design (deeper hull
, longer keel
, more substantial steering
I think a Dufour of this size would be limiting in a couple of ways: - you will not be able to carry substantial supplies, you will not be able to carry sufficient amount of water
, nor sufficient amt of personal belongings (unlike food
and water, the belongings tend to accumulate over time).
Also, all other things equal, a classic
hull may be easier to manage in heavy weather
in such a small boat
starts relatively early).
In the 27' range I would have a look at boats like:
- Southern Cross,
Not to say that a Dufour is a bad boat. If this is what your heart desires, that's probably what you will get anyway in the end. But it makes sense to consider alternatives, if only to make sure they are not what you want ;-)
Our own boat is 26, so if you are dead serious about your dream we are always willing to share our own bad experiences.