I am currently looking for a 34 foot boat to sail cross channel etc but with a view to doing the ARC in 2005. For my money I could buy a Bavaria 34, Jeanneau 34.2 or a fifteen year old Victoria 34 or Vancouver 32. The former two are allegedly Category A but are they suitable for a shorthanded ARC? I feel the Victoria/Vancouver is more robust and suited for distant cruising but does it really justify the cost bearing in mind that many of the goodies on the boat will be due for replacement or will be fairly obsolete? What advice on the above choices please? Does the Category A actually mean suitable for Ocean sailing as a look at the recent boat show seemed to idicate to me suitable for crossing the channel on a calm day!?