If you had done a search and read the various posts about bluewater versus coastal cruising boats you would have found the following:
A bluewater boat is generally: a bit heavier built; has a smaller, less open interior and cockpit; more handholds; greater tank capacity for water and fuel; larger battery banks; a more sturdy ground tackle handling setup; often carry renewable electrical generation capability, like solar or wind; and have stronger materials used for ports and hatches and sails.
A coastal cruising boat will generally be a bit beamier, with a larger more open interior and cockpit, less storage and tankage, no renewable electrical generation capability, light or missing ground tackle gear.
You will also find things like windvanes and watermakers on bluewater boats, but not generally on coastal cruisers.
The reason for building the boats heavier and more sturdy is simple. If you're on the ocean in a boat that can only do 7-8 knots generally, and a storm comes along... you have to live through it... you can't hide from it and you can't outrun it. The reason for the renewable energy, water makers and larger tanks is that you can't just go to the next marina to hook up to the water and shore power and stop by the fuel dock on the way.
The reason for the smaller cockpit is that it is less likely to cause a problem if the boat gets pooped--smaller cockpit means less weight of water sitting on the boat waiting to drain. Smaller interior means it is easier to brace yourself in heavy seas, and if you do get thrown, you fall less distance--meaning you're less likely to get injured badly.
The reason for heavier ground tackle is many places don't have marinas... so you have to anchor out...and you want to make sure that your boat stays where you put it. Coastal cruisers tend to go from marina to marina quite often.
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Last edited by sailingdog; 06-19-2007 at 10:29 AM.