Hull Number 33
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Newport Beach, CA
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Every Boat out 250NM is a bluewater boat
These threads about " the Best", "the Most", " " What should I Buy?" are exercises in futility since, regardless of the vessel, the perception and comfort levels of each person and crew vary so widely.
My 1968 Columbia 36 has been to Cabo San Lucas, Hawaii, and is a " coastal Cruiser." There are others as far away as Thailand and in the Sea of Cortez.
The real question is what do you want and what can you afford? I favor the older "proven" designs that can sail well ( that eliminates Wet Snails) has a reasonable layout below ( since in most cruising locations, you won't want spend alot of time sweltering below) and you're going to spend much of your time working on it in exotic locations out of necessity or boredom.
Different Folks, Different strokes.