Take a look, for example, at Glenn Wakefield's site (https://glennwakefieldaroundtheworld.wordpress.com/westwindii-refit/ ) where he partially chronicles the refit of his older S&S Comanche 42'. He attempted a solo nonstop RTW, but against the prevailing winds...arguably harder than the other way!When people take production boats in the roaring forties, do they "toughen" them up by adding the "usual" stuff to go down South such as watertight compartments, exit hatch etc... or do they simply do what you would for say a fastnet race (storm sails + thorough check up of the boat).
May be I am a bit wimpy but I find that even the bay of Biscay or the celtic sea in just 30knots of wind can be really harsh on a production boat, if I were to go and "experience" never ending gales, I would be tempted to make sure that the boat is really up for the challenge and to add the kind of safety features you only find on offshore racing boats.
One of the big mods he did was to *completely* rebuild the companionway hatch, and replace it with a big hinged watertight Lewmar hatch, like the big race RTW boats have. Huge job (and it looks great), but seems like a good idea for what he was attempting. (My boat has the same, but opens from the top rather than the side, which has always sorta concerned me, since if it ever unexpectedly fell closed immediately after being opened, it could crush your hand. His hinges from the side.)
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