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post #3298 of Old 11-15-2012
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Re: Interesting Sailboats

When I was looking for a new boat we did consider the HR. One thing that disturbed me in the design was HR's desire to push out the interior for more comfort and bigger berths. In doing so there was little locker space in the cockpit area. No large lazerette to store fenders, lines, even an outboard for those long passages where having outboard fastened to the stern stanchions is not wise. Our Boreal has a well thought out large locker in the stern that we can even put the non rib inflatable in. The Boreal also has a large bow locker for storage of sails,lines and fenders that is only accessed from the deck. This is possible because chain locker is just in front of the mast for better weight distribution. Both the lockers mentioned are water tight also. HR's are beautiful boats but did not fit our life styles of long passages where keeping deck clean is important.

There are so many things to consider in a good blue water cruising boat. Seems so many companies now are totally into interior design more than the important design concepts that keep us safe where we spend most of our time while on passage, outside keeping watch and reefing sails.
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