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Exactly what is that? The water looks relatively flat between the boat and the land in the background as seen in the left centre of the picture. And the camera lens is a bit wet. Now this one...
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Exactly what is that? The water looks relatively flat between the boat and the land in the background as seen in the left centre of the picture. And the camera lens is a bit wet. Now this one...
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No Brian, that's nothing, you have to really be able to handle the big waves to call it a blue water boat, just look at those waves!




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Nicely put JeffH...I think you should make that post a sticky

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And that, of course that brings us back to the guy with the Hunter 25 who went to Cuba. If I remember right it is roughly 90 miles from Key West to the Cuban coast. In decent weather that is roughly 24 to 30 hours of sailing. If you can pick your weather window, itís not all that hard to make that leap on any half-way decently maintained and constructed boat, including a 25 foot Hunter.

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People sail in the opposite direction from Cuba to Florida on a lot less!

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Doesn't there have to be someone on the boat?
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This guy's chowing down before the next storm hits!
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This guy's chowing down before the next storm hits!
Please note: a Blue Water Boat is big enough to carry all of your provisions and needs, while you are crossing one of the big ponds on this planet.
The above will only be on a small lake.

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After two Force 10 storms (48 hours in the first and 36 hours in the second - both having winds 50-60, gusting higher and seas 28-30ft) and many lesser storms in Paloma, I'm comfortable with her 30 feet on deck size. A smaller boat would have been problematic and a much larger boat would have been too much to handle.

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