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Your next favorite small sailboat - Long cruise worthy?

Your next favorite small sailboat - Long cruise worthy?

Have you heard of the Everglades Challenge,  300 miles from St. Petersburg to Key Largo?
Everyone starts from the beach and about the only restriction is that you have to be able to get it off the beach yourself.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9KQB_yiOO4&t=147s
I was talking with Chris and we were wondering if others might have a passion for this and, might have another small boat that is perfect for it?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXBPvDO5IOI&t=248s
It is fun to think about -  how you or I might make it happen.
Could 3 years down the road, there be a Force5 group of sailors competing in a totally different way?
EDIT : 2019 EC Start - interesting boats!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUAfAShiyOs

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Re: Your next favorite small sailboat - Long cruise worthy?

Some of you have read this crazy post...
The way I see it the boat I would do this in needs to be able to be rowed or paddled, can handle two to three foot seas and needs to be able to reduce sail while on the water.
My Melonseed and do all be the latter. The sprit rig needs to be beeched to do anything with the sail - and if a squal hit, releasing the sheet from the boom might not stop a blow down.
There is an intercoastal (for the most part) route and of course the Gulf, outside route.
I'm still looking for that perfect boat...

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Re: Your next favorite small sailboat - Long cruise worthy?

look at a Wayfarer.   they sleep in the boats and can do all the other things listed.   

why not a F5 with the pull up sail option?

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I have thought of a Wayfarer... but also have been looking at the Argie15 - I like the seven bouyancy compartments. Again the main limitaion is having to get it off the beach and, a kick up rudder would work well with all the shallows in that region.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbD9u1pV32s
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I told Rob that I am thinking the AMF Sunbird. Centerboard pulls up and kick up rudder. You can find them for under $1,000.
http://force5.us/main/components/com_agora/img/members/2/mini_sunbird.JPG

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A friend of mine asked me to do this race in his Flying Scot.  It did not sound like fun.

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What race would be fun in a Flying Bathtub......lol

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How about a Hobie 21? It would be quite a fast ride.

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Chris, that Sunbird cockpit looks like a bathtub that wishes it could fly. 
But it is all about a boat that can take on any conditions for hours and several days, that you can be relatively comfortable in, that can be pushed off the beach!
Again, thoughts that I enjoy working through - to get me though these few months.
To all heading to Key Largo - wishing you all safe travels and fair winds

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