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post #36 of Old 10-18-2009
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Just read a lot from people who've done long cuises. The Seven Seas Sailing Association is a great resource for that info. What's "blue water" seems to be getting bigger with time. 30 ft used to be the leinght marina planners used now it's closer to 40ft. Ted Brewer writes great comparisons of boats in Good Old Boat which bring out Sail area/displacement ratios, righting moment and the things that matter in boat performance
The market for racing performance has driven production to fin keels. Older approaches like the CCA rating resulted in full keels that were slower but were easier in a seaway. Just look at the Flicka.. a full keeled boat at 20ft LWL that's probablly more sea kindly than a finn keel at half again the leinght. Folkboats like Jester are famous for long voyages. A cutaway forefoot like my old Hallberg Rassey appear to be a good comprimise of a keel cruiser
I think that an an avenue worth exploring for a serious blue water cruiser are the boats built in Tiawan and marketed here. They're heavly built to cruising designs,
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