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Re: What makes a boat "Blue Water" worthy
In my mind, there is "offshore" and there is "offshore".
I've sailed across the Gulf of Mexico a few times, and crossed over to the Bahamas a few times. That's kind of offshore, but it's not the same as across the Atlantic Ocean offshore. I realize that.
My boat is without a doubt, classified as a coastal cruiser. It has a wing keel, spade rudder, roller furling, is 42 feet long, and only weighs 22,000 pounds. It has a wide beam and a cabin you can hold a party in. It handles bad weather well and I've never had it in any weather that it was uncomfortable in. The highest wind it's ever sailed through with me on board is about 45 knots and it handled that fine. But, I wouldn't want to be sailing it through a hurricane.
I'm doing with it, exactly what I bought it to do with it. The first boat I bought was a true offshore, sail around the world, take anything boat. I never took it more than 20 miles offshore and at some point I realized I had paid for a lot of boat features that I was never going to use (even though I had bought it dreaming that maybe I would sail around the world in it)
I liken paying more for an offshore boat that will never go offshore, to people who buy heavy duty off road, four wheel drive vehicles, who never leave the pavement. It sure doesn't hurt anything, and if putting their money in features they are never going to use, rather than putting it in features they will use, is what makes them happy, how is it my business to disapprove of their choices?
But, I see a lot of people getting hung up on getting an offshore boat, that a lot of them are never going to take offshore. Nothing wrong with that, though.
On the northern Gulf of Mexico.
"Best thing to do is get her out on the ocean. If anything's gonna happen, it's gonna happen out there." Captain Ron Rico