Re: Catalina 42 for Blue Water?
If you're withing range of a 3-5 day weather forecast, near any coastal cruising boat could do that kind of journey. For the sake of comfort of crew, I'd probably do it in a 35' boat or bigger, but many many smaller boats have done it. Just make sure that the rig (mast, shrouds, stays, chainplates, deck, load bearing bulkheads, mast base step, etc), systems (engine, fuel, plumbing, steering, anchoring) are in good condition. One thing I'd pay attention to is backup steering...since these modern coastal cruisers have very exposed rudders. My coastal cruiser came with a backup tiller in case the wheel goes bad, but not if the rudder goes. Still need to research that!
Last edited by night0wl; 03-26-2013 at 03:40 PM.