I don't mind your question. I have been sailing now for about 10 years but as skipper have only clocked up about 2000 miles so far. I recognise that this is at the low end of experience for the circumnavigation but with the rest of next spring and summer to up the sea miles and with the benefit of being with the rally I am confident in being able to cope it. Most of my experience however has been on boats of the coastal cruiser variety and hence my seeking feedback from those more used to boats with offshore capability. I take your point that with a budget your boat is always going to be a compromise but what I am trying to do is to at least get a short list of potentially suitable boats and comments on there pros and cons. I guess what I don't want to do is to travel long distances to see a type of boat I am not familiar with and then once seen it in the flesh realise that it is totally unsuitable.
Thanks for your reply.