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Old 07-02-2010
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Mahina cruiser list anomalies -- Tayana and Island Packet

I'm sure that many have reviewed John Neal's offshore cruising listing and found the list to be helpful. I have a couple questions about boats listed and omitted -- understanding that it is not intended to be an empirical and exhaustive list -- because I am interested in the boats. I'm just curious about two anomalies as I see them and why the boats are included or excluded.

First, Tayana 37 is not listed but seems to have a very good reputation. In fact, no Tayana is listed in Neal's list.

Second, the Island Packet 32 is listed but doesn't seem to have the same reputation. In fact, lots of IP boats are listed.

And if I can ask a follow-up, what is your opinion about single-handing these two boats?
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From a previous post, that is stuck as I recall, with the list listed, the Tayana's were not included due to lack of tankage. Now, the definition is based on John's specs, and IIRC the Tayana is not that far below his minimum, and are very easily added too, to make them meet this spec.

Some boats are low in things like lack of tankage, others could be scantlings, ie build material specs etc.

Take the list for what it is, generally speaking a good list of boats that will go off shore, BUT, there are others that will do fine to, depending upon your spec. Frankly, i would not take too many of them off shore, then again, I do not generally speaking like the design specs for most of the boats listed, and would rather be offshore in my 85 Jeanneau Arcadia 30, than say an IP32.

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I can tell you from looking at a few Tayana 37's for sale that they are not as good as they seem. Hit or miss. Delamination issues. Then there are wooden decks to contend with on most of them.

IP - Plenty of them out there cruising deep blue. Not my favorite boats but don't see the issue.

All in all the Mahina list, from my searching and seeing boats, is pretty good. He tends to stay away from boats that are hit or miss in quality.
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I have an Island Packet 320, would you consider this boat a blue water cruiser?
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