Not every boat is fit to sail the oceans. In fact, most boats you see floating around are made for leisure and short distance traveling hopping from one marina to another. Furthermore the modern sailing industry tends to push forward a more elegant and sport-ish design leading to thinner keels and unsupported/unprotected rudder. Such design allows for faster sailing on one hand, but is not suitable for long crossings and ocean storm tactics on the other one.
A truly sea worthy boat is rather hard to find, but not if you know what you are looking for.
Working with a very tight budget we had a hard time finding something that was strong enough to take us around the world and big enough to have the ability to have two or three guests aboard at all times.
When we were in Greece looking for THE boat we found something we both loved and just went for it. It is by far not the best boat we could get, but we like it and we think it has a lot more to offer than meets the eye.
One of our main sources for this section was the amazing book Get real, Get gone from Rick Page and Jasna Tuta. There you can find everything you need to become a modern sea gypsy and sail away forever. Get your copy here!
The sailboat we bought is a 1986 Jeanneau Sun Fizz 40. Jeanneaus have been around the world before and this one is next in line. The one we bought already crossed the Atlantic and is set up for cruising with solar panels, double autopilots, large tanks, safety equipment and more. Since this is going to be our home for the next few years we wanted to bring it up to the best shape possible. Currently, the boat is sitting on the dry in Izola, Slovenia undergoing a major refit.