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if no one has suggested it, you might want to take a look at a javelin designed by bill tripp. nice hull, lines and rig with full keel and attached rudder.
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Westsail 32! I've heard they go great in light winds.... with the diesel engine
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It all depends of what you call a bluewater boat and weak winds.

If weak winds are 8, 10k...lots of boats, including for example the HR 372 or the new RM 1060. If weak winds are 5 or 6K, not so many, perhaps the Pogo 10.50, the Salona 37 or the Elan 380.

But as I said it depends of what you call a bluewater boat. All the above boats, if conveniently equipped will have no problem in crossing the pond, providing the right latitude and the right season.

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I'm liking the Javelin 38, but can't find more than a couple small photos and I don't see any for sale. It's now on the list.
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As a recent owner of HR 35 I can say that while it definitely is a great offshore boat, it is not very good in light winds. Meaning - it is not a "daysailing" vessel.
Try any of the Frer's design HRs, like the 34 and 36. Much faster in light air.
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Another suggestion might be the Perry designed Nordic/Valiant Espirit 37. She's a bluewater double-ender with a modern bottom and good value, pending your budget.
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I sailed on a Southern Cross 31 for years, and now live/sail on a Downeaster 32. The 32 sails much better in light air (5kts with full canvas out in only 5-10kt winds) and handles *great* under power. We can back her up like you would a car! Really remarkable. Draws only 4'9"... we love her. The cockpit is comfy (much larger than on the southern cross we had). Another main difference is the turning radius... the Southern Cross was a doggg (3 boat lengths to turn, probably) while the DE 32 is quick to respond and turns in 1 boat length. Just got the boat this summer so have yet to do an off-shore stint on her, but we're confident she'll be safe and comfortable.
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I just moved the Downeaster 32 up on the list. I like cutters. Is it tragically difficult to singlehand this big lady?
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I don't know what SophiP has done to make this miracle happen, (perhaps redefine 'light air)' since my esperiences with the Downeast 32's is that the are nearly useless as sailboats in wind under 10-12 knots even with very large genoas. I also found them pretty poor in higher winds where they were not able to stand up to their sailplan and had a miserably rolly motions. In my mind these are neither decent light air boats, and pretty mediocre blue water boats. I would also suggest that they are anything but good single handers if your plan is to sail in a broad range of windspeeds.

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We haven't sailed her in heavy winds yet, but in ocean swells (not large, 4-6 feet) she isn't "rolly" at all. The previous owner had all the lines run back to the cockpit so he could "single-hand" her with his wife aboard, we find that I run up to the mast to adjust something pretty often, but it is possible to sail her alone. This is certainly not a modern blue-water boat, she can't outrun any storm and I wouldn't sail her through anything bad on purpose, but I wouldn't want to be in terribly rough weather anyways. I think she's built ruggedly enough to make some ocean crossings if you time your weather right. Just my two cents!
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