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    Re: bluewater cruising in small boats
    From: Brian Whatcott
    Date: 2002 Dec 16, 22:27 -0600

    I read this account, and I felt good.
    Good for the world sailor, and good for the writer.
    The one knew how to present the other's labors
    Thank you
    Brian W
    At 07:06 PM 12/16/02, you wrote:
    >Joe Shields wrote:
    > > PS: anybody ever do any bluewater cruising in a 22'-23' full keel boat?
    >Lots of people (including myself, LWL 6.2m). As far as I know the current
    >record for sailing around the world in a small craft is held by Serge
    >Testa who
    >did it from 1984 to 1987 in an aluminium boat he designed and built himself
    >(and modified as he went along - the way you do) from and to Brisbane (S 27d E
    >153d) and then wrote about in '500 Days, Around the World in a 12 Foot Yacht'
    >which was 'Self Published by Serge Testa' (! apparently this is one dude who
    >believes in do-it-yourself) ISBN No: 0 7316 4849 8. It measured 11 feet 10
    >inches until he added a bowsprit later in the trip. I have seen 'Acrohc
    >Australis' close-up, it sits in the museum in Brisbane. Not only did both
    >furl from the interior, all controls were accessible from inside while the
    >hatches were battened down.
    >Although others may differ I don't think the size or even the suitability of
    >the boat is really the most important factor. Its something else. Which
    >me of the cruise of the 'Lena' which I heard about in 1999.
    Brian Whatcott
       Altus OK                      Eureka!

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