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Re: Best used cheap blue water boats 30-45ft
Which, unfortunately makes this discussion rather pointless, doesn't it? I applaud your desire to start sailing, but you really do need to get some experience and gain more understanding of what's involved before starting a shopping list.
Hang out at a nearby yacht club, do some racing, learn what goes with sailing bigger boats and you'll have a better idea of what to ask and what to look for in a boat when it's the appropriate time. This wouldn't appear to be that time.
Your described usage for 'offshore' (which doesn't sound like my idea of 'offshore') is most certainly better suited to power rather than sail...
I have power boats, owned them for over 45 years, with the cost of fuel they don't get used like they used to and they have been getting smaller and smaller. Smaller is more economical. I hate small no room for beer I'm not afraid of the sea and all sailboat have an engine which turns them into powerboats. Yes I know they respond differently but every boat I have never owned responds differently than every other so no big deal.
I guess offshore to me is less than fifity sixty miles out and your right, that's considered costal I think? I guess what I didn't mention was I wanted a bluewater boat for costal use mostly day sailing. But you know, I am attracted to the idea of going out far enough that no land can be seen, no traffic, no tv, no nothing except the sea and my vessel. Peaceful and in tune with nature. Is that bad?
And, to end this I wish ti thank everyone, including Bob, for being patient with me and offering constructive critisisum, tips, advice, which I assure you is appreciated. Would be fun to organize an event where we all could meet in person.