Originally Posted by bdkorth
Cam, I saw that you had owned one and traded up, way up! I looked on your webpage and enjoyed your pictures. I was curious to see your response to TDW's questions. I am only able to 'look' for boats online as there aren't any boats larger than a 27', typically, here in Southern Idaho. I have been on an Irwin 43, but liked the idea of the swim platform on the stern of the 44. I know that typically about 90% of my time will be in port, so I am placing alot of my emphasis on interior space and layouts. I have heard of much smaller, and much lighter built boats (Catalina's) circumnavigating and have read if a person can wait for the correct weather windows and not operate on a strict schedule most voyages can be made fair weather, fairly predictably. Again, my experience is on the very slight side, so I certainly appreciate input, but cannot afford the most top of the line bullet proof boats out there, although I certainly wish I could. Searching for a safe boat, roomy space, wife likes a walk around berth (nice in port, sucks at sea), and have to be able to buy it before I expire, or the dream does....
You don't need a top of the line bullet proof boat out there. You need a boat that has been designed from the get go for off shore work NOT dockside entertaining.
I can't shout this loud enough. IF you intend to sail offshore, DO NOT make your boat buying decision based on the boats interior volume, swim platform, wine rack location or other items that are designed to sell boats. Base your decision on the boats hull/deck construction, hull shape, ability to heave to in a big blow, comfort in a seaway(not at the dock). Before you leave on the big adventure go out in 30+kts, 10-15 seas and learn to heave to, shorten sail and find the boats comfort zone. No matter much weather info you have you will encounter heavy weather. Be prepared and know what it feels like and how to handle it. Learn to navigate WITHOUT GPS. Get paper charts and learn to use them. And above all, when the **** hits the fan, learn that it's searoom you want, not closing the coast. Buy and read until it's ingrained, this John Vigor book. http://www.amazon.com/Seaworthy-Offs.../dp/007137616X
Here's another John Vigor book you should read,
In it he lists 20 small boats, some not much more than 1/2 the length of yours, and every one is much more capable for off shore work. Size has little to do with sea worthiness.