How big should a boat be to sail bluewater/open ocean?

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Christian:
It has been done in incredibly small boats. Google ' Tom Thumb ' for an example but a more realistic minimum would probably be something like a H 28. Water carrying capacity is one of the critical parameters.
Ianab:
Size isn't the issue, the seaworthiness is. A local guy sails around the Sth Pacific in 25 ft boat, and that's some of the roughest ocean in the world. But it's a well build little boat.

But in reality you want something a bit bigger than that.

Greywolf:
John Guzzwell sailed around the world in a 20 foot boat 'Trekka' (1952-1959). But that's for really experienced sailors only. If you are going round the Three Capes (Good Hope, Leeuwin, Horn), you'll need something bigger and stronger.
ANNE:
Alone or with crew ?
Talk of skilled is 35' but those will be happy in about anything and its an ideal for them with them in mind.
Personally, i'd want 45-48 minimum for alone, with up to 60' for crew.
PetrolHead:
it has been done in incredibly small boats… google ' tom thumb ' for an example but a more realistic minimum would probably be something like a h 28… water carrying capacity is one of the critical parameters…
R K:
that depends on the type of boat and your level of seamanship. i would want
something at least 28 ft.
james:
10 meter. S. Pacific island runners are common. Open S. Pacific between Countries or islands. This is not sailing around the world. In mine I have gone out 60 miles or so to fish 2nd reef. I am not that good a sailor. In good weather. That is a outrigger native stile boat.
fuzzy:
depends on your skill, boat design & acceptable comfort level to you. Around 35 foot is a generally agreed on length – a lot of circumnavigations have been done in boats like the S&S 35
Andrew:
that depends on the type of boat and your level of seamanship. i would want
something at least 28 ft.
williams:
that depends on the type of boat and your level of seamanship. i would want
something at least 28 ft.

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