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JimKaz 08-06-2008 08:31 PM

Sail boat design for offshore cruising
 
I have been a power boater for the last eight years. With the rise in the fuel price, I have decided to become a sailor. I would like to sail offshore, possibly across the Atlantic ocean. I can afford to buy a used sail boat up to 55 feet in length. Any help in the type of sail boat best suited for blue water sailing will be appreciated.

Jim

tomaz_423 08-06-2008 09:32 PM

There is a great off shore boat for sale on this forum:
http://www.sailnet.com/forums/cruisi...etch-sale.html
The boat is ready to sail across Atlantic, but are you?

camaraderie 08-06-2008 11:02 PM

Thanks Tomaz! :D You've always had good taste! :D :D

sailingdog 08-06-2008 11:25 PM

Cam's Tayana 52 would be a good choice...but are you sure that you want a 50'+ boat. What kind of sailing experience do you have? If you don't have a lot, and I do mean a lot, of sailing experience, a boat that big will probably be more a danger than a safe thing for you. Unless you have at least one full-time crew member and have been a sailor for many years, I'd highly recommend going with a smaller boat, say in the 35-40' range. A mistake on a 50'+ boat can involve forces that will kill you almost instantly, if not maim or cripple you. It is no place for a novice sailor to be IMHO.

camaraderie 08-06-2008 11:43 PM

Hey Dawg...don't talk him out of it. He said he could afford 55 feet...for the price of the extra 3 feet he can hire a captain! :D

sailingdog 08-07-2008 10:05 PM

Hmmm... and this is a completely unbiased opinion... ;)
Quote:

Originally Posted by camaraderie (Post 351090)
Hey Dawg...don't talk him out of it. He said he could afford 55 feet...for the price of the extra 3 feet he can hire a captain! :D


camaraderie 08-07-2008 11:43 PM

Just idding around Dawg!

Jim...in all seriousness...if you are not an experienced sailor you need to start smaller. 35 feet max if you are alone...in the low 40s if you are a couple MAX.
There is an excellent sticky list of bluewater boats at the top of this forum that you should use to help narrow things down.


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