Originally Posted by turban10
Its always interesting reading what types of boats are entered in the ARCs and other blue water rallies.
On this site, you will find page after page of people comparing one blue water boat to another and when the question of a mass-production boat comes into the fray, then the fecal matter starts to really hits the fan.
But looking at the entries, one sees a bunch of Beneteau Oceanises, Jeanneau Sun Odysseyies, and other production boats that don't get as much respect as the Amels and Valiants of this world.
So its pretty educational to see what people on sailing forums consider blue water boats, versus the actual type of boats that are sailed in blue water.
I am currently writing a book about extended cruising and the people and boats involved. You do see an incredible variety of boats in obscure places (think Mangareva or Mauritius), but there are a disproportionate number of Amels for example. To point out that it is not just a matter of money, you also see quite a few Albin Vegas. Also note that the ARC is used to take new charter boats to the Caribbean from Europe so this accounts for some of the new, 'production boats' (note that Amels and Valiants are also production boats). Also note, that Europeans typically have newer boats than North Americans (Ainia just had her 30th birthday, so we are typical of North Americans).