Originally Posted by boatman61
W to E Atlantic in an Oceanis 321 and later a 331.. even seen 30-35ftrs crossing the S Pacific.. any bigger really only necessary if you want to sail with crew..
It is a remarkable transition/perception in the last 20 years that serious ocean passages can only be made with a big boat. If you look at the list of circumnavigators and long distance sailors in the 60's, 70's and 80's, most sailed small boats and many were of wood
construction. They relied on traditional navigation
skills with simple and efficient boat systems and limited space for rations. Their success rates were equal to those sailing on much bigger boats today. Just recently, Matt Rutherford sailed single-handed around the Americas in a 27 foot Albin Vega
. How was this possible? There are many New Age sailors who believe a bigger boat will override any personal sailing/experiential deficiencies. I believe it is just the opposite. The larger the boat, the greater are the dynamic forces required for its safety
and operation. Is setting a downwind pole by a husband and wife team in sloppy conditions on a 50' sloop
easier than a boat of 34 feet? Is a Moody 346 a boat capable of crossing oceans? Only if the captain
and crew are capable sailors. Good luck and safe sailing.