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Ocean crossing boats

I'm very new to sailing and I've been researching which manufacturers produce boats best suited for ocean crossings. I realize this is extremely subjective but nonetheless there does seem to be some consensus on the topic. I'm interested in later model boats 1990+ 38-46' range that have the best reputation for being well crafted and sea kindly.

So far there appear to be three that stand out with the features I'm looking for

Pacific Seacraft
Cabo Rico
Island Packet

Does this sound correct? Are there others that fall in this category?

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Look at Sailboat Reviews of Offshore Cruising Yachts : Bluewaterboats.org

There will be other suggestions. I will start with Outbound and Saga.
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I would choose a Halberg-Rassy over the ones on your list. There are quite a few to consider actually - in particular if you look at some of the better European boats.
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If your criteria is bluewater capable 38-46 footers built since 1990 with good craftsmenship, the list will be rather long. Without a budget mentioned, here's a few production boats (non-custom) I'd consider:

Mono-hulls:
Passport 456 AC/CC
Pacific Seacraft 44
Valiant 42
Hans Christian 43
Shannon 43/46
Gozzard 44

Multi-hulls:
Catana 431
Antares 44i
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We had a short list of boats and then spent 6 months and travelled 10,000 miles to find the boat in the best condition with good equipment...

It really does become a matter of finding the best boat on your short list at the best price...but defintely not the cheapest just the best overall value.

Remember that sellers forget that things depreciate...10+ yr-old electronics have a negative value...the cost of removing them!

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Thank you to all who responded, very helpful.
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The Halberg-Rassys are some really nice looking boats.
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AMEL makes a seaworthy ocean crossing boat - at a price!
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