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Old 12-02-2008
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I know I'll regret this

But, I'm stuck in Seattle getting ready for an argument tomorrow, so what the heck.

I've had an inquiry from someone wanting to do our rally in a Catalina 30. He put the question to me of whether I think the boat's up to it. Assuming the boat is properly equipped (huge bbq, etc.), thoughts on taking a Catalina 30 from NY to Bermuda in a rally?

I have my own view, which I'll wait to express until the jury is in.
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Plan the right weather window(s) its possible - is it a standard C-30 or a C-320?

It will just take you longer to get there.. IMHO - Sorry about your stay in Rainy Seattle - when you leave it will be nice and clear again!
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Dan, I would not do it in C30. It's a coastal boat and New York to Bermuda is not a Coastal cruise. Here a link for the list of boats the did 2008 Newport to Bermuda. NO C30 there. In fact I don't think it would meet the rules.
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I agree with Bubb.
Would also either not be in touch with the fleet or would be holding the fleet up. What's the point? I wouldn't take a Westsail32 on the rally either even though it is much more likely to make a safe passage.
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The smallest boat listed at bubb's link is a J109 AFAICT. Cam's point about its ability to keep up is a very valid one.
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is it a standard C-30 or a C-320?
.... Just an FYI.... the C-30 and C-320 are quite different boats released more than 10 years apart. The C-30 would rattle around inside a C-320 like a dried bean
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Not sure if any of the question was directed at me, Dan, but if so I have no first hand experience with a C30. However, my thoughts are less about the boat and more the captain. I guess it all comes down to the offshore experience of the captain. If he is a novice and the boat is not tested and not really built for that purpose, than he needs more "luck" than someone else who has the background/boat.

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the C30 doesn't qualify by any other organized rally that I can find, too short, not robust enough. I could see a couple of newbie's wanting to try it, I can also pretty well dictate the news story about the failed rescue attempt.

Sure it's been done by smaller, badly equipped vessels- but not as a part of a rally where there is some liability on the organizer.

I've sailed a C30 on the Ches. Bay and would not think of taking one blue water for much more than a trip to the Bahama's, in a good weather window and even then it would have to pass a serious inspection first. People own economy boats for a reason; and that reason is usually not because they want to upgrade them to blue water capable.
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Looking at that list, it seems every other boat is a Swan...
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