Okay... I have to say Cam's warnings about the Oregon region are very accurate
I live in Vancouver and have sailed off the coast near that area...
And, ... I have been in a HUNTER in rough water in that area, and let me tell you, it is some SCARY STUFF.
That boat is like a giant bobbing sphere with a mast and a sail. In 17 knot winds the boat's keel came out of the water when a gust hit the sails.
Also, most hunters do not have back-stays. (The thick steel lines
that hold the mast when the boat us going down-wind)
I don't know about you guys, but that's scary stuff
I've also sailed a chartered 38' Benetau in rough waters. 30 Knots of Wind and steep 3 meter(9 foot waves) in the Georgia Straight here. It handeled very well, but I don't think I'd take that around the world. There are many design flaws in it.
Those guys in my opinion make the best Blue water boats in the world. But also the most expensive ones. What's good is they have a whole section which tells you exactly what yo uwant to look for in a blue water boat, I recommend you read it.
There are very small details in a boat that make it 100% better for blue water than other boats.
* Placement of the shrouds...(Do they get in the way on the foredeck and create a trip hazard?)
* Hand rails on the foredeck (many boats don't have these or have poorly placed hand rails and people have to hold on to the life-lines)
* Location of the water tank... (many boats like Benetaus and Hunters aren't made for Blue Water sailing, so the water tanks are placed out of the way to create more comfort space... This sets off the balance of the boat and sets off the displacement)
* A boat designed to reduce Fatigue. You asked why most Blue Water boats are more "tight" on the inside? One of the reasons is so that you don't have to struggle to move about when the water is rough. In a big "roomy" boat like a hunter, you will often be flying around everywhere when the boat starts swaying.
When the interior is designed well enough so you have easy things to hang on to, this makes a WORLD of a difference.
The most dangerous thing on the Ocean is when you're too tired to make correct decisions, and when you're struggling around the boat, this happens fast.
So this ia biggie. Same for the cockpit, some cockpit designs are much better at reducing crew fatigue.
* And finally, the right keel for Ocean passages. If you want your wife on there, get a boat with a big solid led keel. If you're in the Oregon region and you're planning on sailing south to Mexico then DEFINITELY get a big solid keel on your boat, makes you feel much safer, the boat won't keel over as much and if it ever comes out of the water your boat will pull itself upright.
(Unless giant wales have rammed your boat and you're taking on water
I agree with Cam that Oregon is one of the scariest places to sail
That's my 2 cents, I'm still an amateur to sailing but I've sailed many rough days on the West coast, so I think it's good advice