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Bluewater? - a different way of looking at it

There are constant discussions in the abstract about the suitability of the XYZ 38 for bluewater use so I thought I would bring a different perspective to the discussion. Here is a link for the entries for this year's Sail Indonesia rally. This rally is particularly popular among cruisers because it is very hard (not impossible, but hard) to organize your own cruising permit for Indonesia. The rally looks after this for you. We have never joined a rally but did for this one because of the red-tape.

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Anyway, some comments to get the discussion rolling.
  1. I did not count, but there are an incredible number of different kinds of boats on the list
  2. The boats overall are pretty large
  3. There are a lot of boats from Australia and New Zealand, but almost all of the rest have sailed more than 10,000 nm to get this far
  4. There are 2 Discovery 55s on the list; on a percentage basis that is a lot of the small number of these boats that have been built
  5. They got our boat's model wrong (Bristol 45.5)

After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.
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Re: Bluewater? - a different way of looking at it

Looks like the average is about 43'. However, there are 6 that are less 37'. Probably 15 or 20 years ago the average would have been 37'. OTOH, LOA is not the whole story. Maybe sailors now feel about as comfortable taking a modern 45' boat offshore as they would a more traditional 35' design of 20 years ago.
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I really look forward to your report on this. 120 boats freaks me out completely I must admit. We've just been on a club Sailaway with five other boats and the thought of that brought me out in a cold sweat. Thankfully it bucketed down all weekend and socialising was minimal.
Interesting collection of boats though. From a couple of wee Magpies and on up.
Cheers to you both
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