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There really is no "very best" when it comes to sailboats. Some will be better suited to a given purpose than others.
One very good 30' sailboat that is suitable as a bluewater passagemaker is the Alberg 30. John Vigor describes it as one of the 20 small boats to take you anywhere. A couple more good boats in that size range, but considerably more expensive are the Nauticat 32/321 or the Hallberg-Rassy 31.
Some more boats that would probably qualify are the Southern Cross 31, Contessa 32, Nicholson 31, and Westsail 32.
Part of the problem with pretty much all of the boats is tankage... the fuel and water tanks are fairly small in size, at least as they were designed.
I've sailed on the Alberg 30, the Contessa 32 and the Westsail 32, but haven't sailed on any of the others.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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