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I don't think that the Alberg 30 is all that light a design...and it is capable of crossing oceans. The HC33 is a very different purpose boat, in many ways, having the long bowsprit, and wider beam, heavier displacement, etc. However, if you're not heading off immediately, it would seem to me that getting the HC33 would cost you quite a bit more money, both in initial cost and in on-going costs.

Other boats that might be worth looking at are the Hallberg Rassy line of boats, which are also built specifically for bluewater passagemaking. The Nicholson 35 is another good candidate.

It would help to know what your estimated budget for buying said boat is...as that will be a limiting factor, more than almost anything else. One last thing—I generally recommend putting about 15-20% of the "boat budget" aside for the upgrades, repairs, and re-fitting that is going to be necessary to any boat that you end up buying. Unlike a car, most boats need to have some things changed, modified or updated to work the way you sail your boat.

Also, what size boat are you looking for? How many people will be going cruising with you?? The larger the boat, generally, the more complicated the systems and the more expensive it is to own and maintain. A boat that is too large is quite possibly as much of a danger to its crew as one that is too small, and there are plenty of boats in the 30-37' range that are more than capable of being used as liveaboards and going bluewater as well.

If you're comparing the HC33 and the Alberg 30, you still really need to do a fair bit more research in what you're looking for in a boat IMHO, as the two are really not comparable
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