Dreaming of going offshore in 2019 the (realistic) dreamboat is at least 44 ft , that not going to happen (44ft ) so I thought I would canvas anecdotes about small boats (under 31 ft LOA) that have done the offshore thing.
I'm suggesting perhaps that it be limited it to "Mere Mortals" (MM's) in NZ boats and not legends like David Lewis or Andrew Fagan etc. so here goes a few I know of or have heard of.
Marauder 28 that did Auckland Mooloolaba a few years back
A Carpenter 29 that sailed AKL to New Caledonia 2 or 3 yrs back
A Spencer 32 (ply) that went to Tonga back in the 70's (OK 1 ft too big but still plywood)
An Alan Wright Haani 28 (plywood forerunner of the Nova 28) that sailed to the islands) described as "2 weeks in a washing machine"
And a chap from the Thames sailing club who soloed a 20 ft trailer sailer to the Three Kings twice !
Oh and that fellow who sailed a Wharram Tiki across the Tasman recently.
It would be great to hear from folks who have crewed or skippered on such boats and their insights.