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Re: Is she bluewater? Interesting story to help with these questions.
Your not saying it, but this thread and others like it seem to always end with an oversimplified, polarizing conclusion that basically modern production boats can't sail offshore.
As I have said a couple of pages back the problems start here with definitions and assumptions. What is Bluewater?? You cannot simply lump all sailing out of sight of land into the one basket and label it 'Bluewater'. There is trade wind sailing and high latitude sailing. There is sailing as part of an organised Rally and there is sailing remote routes on your own. The extremes of 'Bluewater' are extreme.
I personally would take a properly prepared 40+ Beneteau with good crew in the ARC. I would take the same 40+ Beneteau across the Pacific milk-run in season. I would not take it however around a cape.
Now if we are talking a circumnavigation, with associated heavy wear and tear I would be in a 50ft Hallberg Rassy.
The OPs account IMHO is about having a properly prepared boat more than the type of boat. All boats leak, especially old ones regardless of whether it is a Catalina or Swan. Steering not properly checked and maintained likewise is vulnerable on any boat....
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Last edited by chall03; 07-02-2012 at 12:43 AM.