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post #4 of Old 03-06-2001
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Pearson 323 - suitable bluewater cruiser??

I''ve done it on a 30 Newport ''84, it was a delight! Can you do it on yours? If you don''t think it is a joy ride or joke....every moment is a combination of excitment and danger! Feeling your boats'' moans and groans and knowing their the right ones and always being alert on the foriegn ones are Your job at ALL times. Anything can happen out there...even the silly thinks can put you and your crew in Danger. A sound vessel with sound alternatives in the grip of possible disaster is the key. As you get more miles and experience offshore, things will fall into place....but never let down your guard.....I''ve sailed Bermuda, Bahamas, East Coast offshore, Was in that Storm, Valentines Day Feb. 14, 2000 off Georgia in Gulf Stream. Two Tornadoes killing 13 people ashore...destroying homes..etc...Winds topped out at 74 kts on Wind Indicator... Surfing a vessel down the wave faces for 2 days was as I said at the beginning... Exciting and Dangerous...I see you are beefing her up and putting on the safety Equip. Your on the right track. Good Luck and Enjoy, you will remember the First time for Life!
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