I can get a Vega in good condition with a lot of what I need for less than half the price of the cheapest co32 that I can find. Spending less on the boat will mean I have more money to kit it out. I can then save money for the trip as I learn to sail it over summer or for longer if need be. I will be living on the boat so wont have rent to pay. Saving will be much easier once I actually have the boat.You should also keep in mind that you'll probably be dead by the time many of those boats get anywhere, let alone half way around the world.
As an aside if you can't afford to buy a CO32 you're not going to be able to fit anything out for that trip. The difference in purchase cost will be a rounding error against the other costs.
Oh, and tits
The Vega is proven in a variety of conditions. My question was simply whether there may be a better if less famous option if I was thinking specifically about heavy seas.
Seems another advantage of the Vega is that it's quite an easy choice to defend...
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