Not sure why I decided to read this now
But I have to say, some of the boats on the list are pretty, shall we say, surprising.
J32? Pearson 365, 422 and 424?
There are others that raised an eyebrow, but I know the above three boats fairly well, and though they are perfectly fine boats I wouldn't call them "blue water" by any stretch. And Fountaine Pajot? Again, there's nothing wrong with them, but they are known as the Hunters of the multihull world (no disrespect to Hunters, at all, but if you are going to reject all production boats, how do you include FP?).
I guess it depends on how you define blue water. If it means it can make it from Montauk to Norfolk, maybe a Bermuda trip or something like that, then there are many qualified boats that he left off the list. But if he meant to include only go anywhere, trans-oceanic boats, there are a number on that list that just make no sense to me. Even he says that several of the boats are very light on tankage, just as an example. Not sure what he was trying to accomplish, or what criteria he used. I know from the thread that the idea is whether a boat will hold up to long distance, long term cruising, but there are many boats on that list that, in my view, would be entirely unsuitable. I mean, J44? Great racing, short term cruising boat, but very limited tankage, known problems with wet cores (and that's a cored hull), difficult to sail shorthanded because she's not very forgiving, exposed rudder (that's an objection to many people), etc.
Just my belated 2 cents.
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