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Re: Production Boats and the Limits
Good points, but any boat in the middle of an ocean is a bluewater boat............. seen lots of ferro boats in pretty remote places.... just read a blog of a swede in a 27 foot old glass with an outboard went everywhere, due to my incompetence i need to (for example bad drivers should drive super safe cars) My al/ Koopmans is undoubtabley an offshore boat, that being said it is hard to day sail-race cutter rigged, narrow slot is a bugger in light wind, small cockpit not good for socializing, lots of lines, everything has a purpose, priority for me is 1)durability 2)functionality 3) Safety 4)confort 5) appearance (But all koopmans are beautiful). Examples: big cleats, mast pulpit, the interior is tight grab rails every where, companionway is small, you fill the tanks from the interior, in short it is a piece of machinery, massive deck hardware, my stem head fitting has more metal than all the chainplates on a c36, my chain plates which arn't visible are massive 3-4 sq feet of 1/4, there is no shower, big refrigerator/deep freeze heavey big lifts hard its an investment to grab a beer. At the dock it gets allot of attention its really neat, we all dream of going in one direction and coming back in the other, BUT the reality a catalina 36 is far more what U.S. consumers are looking for les commitment to leave the dock,
Last edited by s/v AbbeyGale; 04-12-2012 at 10:37 PM.