^^^^Nah, not Jim, but Ann, the Philistine! And I stand by that. We've met people who circumnavigated in 20, 21, and 22 ft. boats, as well as 25 and 26.
People have larger wants today, but one of those, the 26, had 2 bits of electronic gear
: a depth sounder
and a VHF radio
. This was in the days before GPS
, before electronic charting. People used to get used charts
off the commercial
boats, the copra schooners, etc. Best was a survey
You can think of it as a day sailer if you want, or you can turn it into a crcumnavigator, with work
and imagination, and perseverance, it can see you safe. ....And as people are fond of saying, the under 30 footers enjoy the same anchorages
and sunsets as the 80 footers.
Yes, we have a big boat now, at 46 ft., but we did round trip a Yankee 30 from San Francisco
to HI, paper charts
and celestial. I'm not just bs-ing. It is experience based.
And now back to congratulating Water
Trails on his new boat
, may she bring him much pleasure.