Join Date: May 2002
Location: East Coast
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Ronald...since I wrote that in May, I have concluded based on facts offered by others that the 38 is perhaps built a bit better than the others. I think safety is a relative thing and something which we each have to find our own comfort level about. I do not have experience on every boat ever built by beneteau, hunter,catalina, jeanneau, bavaria but I know enough about them to say that for myself, I would never trust my life and my family to one crossing an ocean. I want something built to higher standards and designed for extended time at sea. I like skeg hung rudders, hull structures that do not flex in heavy seas, tankage and weight carrying capability suited to cruising and a sea kindly motion that doesn't have me needing my kidneys checked after a couple of days to windward.
That does not mean I need a BIG boat. Lots of boats meet those criteria including some modern ones. MANY people have crossed in production boats and many will defend THEIR production boat as blue water capable. It is all about your tolerance for risk. Will anyone argue that a Tayana 37 or a Valiant 40 is going to be a better boat to be on than a Cat38 or Legend37 in a 3 day gale at sea??
As alway...the more experienced and competent a sailor you are...the less boat you need!