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post #7 of Old 07-03-2013
killarney_sailor
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Re: Hunter 33 vs CS 30

I think you are approaching this decision. You don't really start with a couple of boats and see if they fit your intended purpose. You should start by identifying the characteristics of the boat you need (not an easy task judging by the endless discussions here and elsewhere about the 'perfect' bluewater boat, and then look for a boat that fits those characteristics that is within your budget.

Is either of these boats 'ideal' for a circumnavigation? In my view, neither even comes close. Both strike me as too lightly built for one thing and have too small tankage for another. We have done 30,000 miles so far on our rtw. The wear and tear is never-ending and it takes a rugged boat to stand up to it. I think you will find relatively few average boats in Canada (or elsewhere) that are up to the challenge. Where are you, btw? Also what sort of budget are you looking at?

Back home on Lake Ontario after something over 36,000 nm circumnavigator. Not surprisingly there is a lot of stuff I want to get done on Ainia both cosmetically and functionally. Getting an early start so it will be ready to go for next summer (Lake Superior?).
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