Can't resist throwing my oar into this discussion - getting your view point to add my new boat to your list. Our first year with the boat, I'll represent other Celestial 48 owners with far more "Blue Water" experience with the boat than I do. After a long look around, viewing many other blue water boats, consulting the Neale's list and recommendations, I bought the boat based on owner experience and my requirements for long term living and traveling.
The Celestial 48 (1986) - A relatively unknown cruiser to many, billed as a blue water cruiser, built in China, operated and designed by Americans. Many of the and its owners still crusing today with 1,000's of passage making miles. Ours is the Cutter config.
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