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Re: Woud YOU take a Newport 30 offshore?
I was a little surprised to see the comments by people that would not hesitate to sail this boat offshore.
We owned, sailed, and lived aboard a Newport 30-II in Southern California for 3 years. While we found it to be a nice, fun, lively, light air boat for that area, once we had moved aboard with all of our belongings, the boat loaded down was an absolute dog that didn't sail worth a darn (in our opinion). Since long-distance cruising would necessitate a heavily loaded boat, you would be starting out at a disadvantage. They were designed to be racer/cruisers, not heavily laden cruising boats.
With that nice wide beam it was definitely a roomy livaboard for a 30 footer though, and we did enjoy living on it.
And it rolled in an anchorage like nothing I'd ever experienced. Something about that big round bathtub shape.
In addition, we did find it to be lightly built. From inside the v-berth you could literally see sunlight faintly shining through the gelcoat and fiberglass.
That being said, it is true that significant ocean passages have been made in a Cal 20, so with a masterful enough skipper and with a boat in sound condition, it can definitely be done. But I personally would not want to do it. For offshore work there are plenty of more suitable boats to be had. Unless someone is giving you the boat, why???