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Re: Is she bluewater? Interesting story to help with these questions.
"You know you really shouldn't be at sea when you're boat is in less danger with you off of it than on it."
:-) Now that is one great quote!
In the UK there is a much republished book called "Heavy Weather Sailing" which has a very scientific and objective analysis about boat design for 'Heavy Weather'. It is based on analysis of narrative accounts of various boats encountering extreme conditions (including a dissection of the fateful Fastnet race) so it is a very good read as well as being informative.
There was a bit of discussion on the thread about exactly what 'BlueWater' meant. Maybe 'Heavy Weather' is a more meaningful term. BlueWater just means that there is nowhere to run to hide from it!
Really interesting and entertaining thread.