Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
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bluewater and BLUEWATER
This subject has been discusses at enormous length but here are a few comments. For Bluewater, there are huge numbers of possible boats. A few months ago I published a list of the boats listed for the Pacific Puddle Jump (Americas to French Polynesia) for 2010 and 2011. There were more than 100 boats and less than 10 duplicates, so lots of choices there. I am very pleased with our boat for this, we expect to do something like 12000 nm in 13 months and Ainia is very comfy and gives a great feeling of security and safety.
For BLUEWATER I suspect I would want something purpose built for the conditions south of 40*S or north of 50*N ... and then I think of a boat we met in Grenada last winter from NZ. A production 38 footer with a crew of two middle-aged women and a teenaged son. They spent 53 days from NZ to the southern tip of South America and reached as far south as 58*S - but then they are Kiwis and they are just different sailors than the rest of us. Which brings up another important point - the right boat changes depending on who the skipper and crew are: how experienced, how tough.
Back home on Lake Ontario after something over 36,000 nm circumnavigator. Not surprisingly there is a lot of stuff I want to get done on Ainia both cosmetically and functionally. Getting an early start so it will be ready to go for next summer (Lake Superior?).