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It's called a Chance 30-30, designed by Britton Chance and built by Allied Boat Company back in 1970.
I raced a Chance 30-30 on Chesapeake Bay in the early 80s. We did pretty well and it started my foredeck "career." Great boat. I have scars from that boat. *grin*

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Unfortunately, I won't be returning to Belize again, there have been some changes for the worse since I was down there...
You left out the part about cockroaches the size of elephants.
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You left out the part about cockroaches the size of elephants.
The suckers can FLY!

Often called mahogany birds.

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Can't believe it took three pages to get to the PNW!!

We've done St Maarten to Barbuda and down to Grenada with most places in between in the Eastern Caribbean and it's pretty awesome, but even it can't hold a candle to cruising BC waters in good summer weather. More good anchorages, variety of scenery, refreshing swimming, fresh water lakes, quiet nights, solitude if you want it, the list goes on.

I enjoy the tropics, love the trades but find the heat relentless and after a couple of weeks I'm ready for some moderate/cooler weather. We do sail year round but it does take some serious gear, and some fortitude to tough out the cold rain at times.. so the warmer destinations don't have that issue.. still, in summer, hard to beat BC.

I guess everybody likes their own back yard
I'm with ya Ron, from a fellow sailor in the PNW. The amount of cruising here would take a life time. I've barely scratched the surface in the time I have been seriously exploring.
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Re: Best sailing spots of the world?

I have 'done' the East and West coasts of Australia, including the Whitsundays. Plus Fiji, the Virgin Islands and a little of Scotland and the Med.

Without a doubt, my new 'patch' of Tasmania beats all of the above. Sure, it can be cold, but the scenery and numerous sheltered bays with unspoiled beaches compensates for having to wear thermals some of the time. Despite being in the roaring forties, there are plenty of days both summer and winter when the winds are light enough to fly a spinnaker. Except on the western side, it does not rain nearly as much as people think. Some summer days are downright hot, but not humid like the tropics.

Also, despite their per capita boat ownership being the highest in Australia, Tasmania's actual population is small, so that really means it is always easy to find an uncrowded anchorage. Most places the holding is safe, so it is easy to get a good night's sleep when anchored out.

The south and south east coasts in particular have plenty of great short sails in mostly sheltered water, so you could spend half a lifetime there and never have to be at sea at night if you didn't want to.
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Re: Best sailing spots of the world?

I love the PNW, but man the water's cold. I think it's great for us locals but maybe not ideal for a destination sail unless you like that PNW islands vibe. The san juans are really great in the summer.
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Re: Best sailing spots of the world?

From what I hear, 71% of the Earth's surface is okay for sailing. The other 29% is not so good but the edge of it has some useful services. So it's mostly good.
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Re: Best sailing spots of the world?

My brother did a charter in the San Juans and suggested if I ever go there to charter a powerboat. He LOVED the scenery - when he could see it - but his week at least was light air and fog.

I guess you can get a bad week anyplace though. We had about 8 days of 24 hur a day rain in Bermuda.
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Re: Best sailing spots of the world?

I love threads like this...
Wanna know where the best sailing spot in the world is?
Where you have your boat! Use it, lots... Don't have a boat? Buy one.

It's why I sail a trailerable boat on a landlocked puddle instead of open waters in a liveaboard. I have obligations to my family (for now)... to pay certain bills... but I don't want to give up my fun EITHER...

Best place to sail, is just like best place to live... the one you got! Harkens back to (probably copyrighted), "if you can't be with the one you love..."
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Re: Best sailing spots of the world?

In my mind the two ultimate destinations are:
Mediterranean
South Pacific
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