There is nothing more than 'the will to go'.
What defines a 'Blue water sailer'?
Is it 45 foot on the water line, fridge, freezer, aerogen, latest Sat Nav phone plastic fantastic yacht, or a plywood 18 foot boat built in the 1960's sailed in the 1980's?
What is a blue water sailor?
Is it the knowledgable man sat at the bar with a list of hydrodynamic co-efficients, or the man who just sailed a house brick across the Atlantic?
There is nothing more important than it being 'your life'.
Nothing more important than being 'in your life'.
You either seize opportunity, or you pass it up. Whats worse is passing up opportunity because whats before you doesn't appear to meet the learned opinion of the yacht club bar professional.
The person who says it cannot be done, should not interupt the person who is doing it.
Shows Coronado 35's turning up in Europe - France and Italy.
they got there because someone sailed them there.
[at the time you read this they may have be sold, but then again, more might have turned up]
Real Blue water sailers off the top of my head:
Tristan Jones - Plywood Debutante built 1958 sailed 21,000 miles
Shane Acton http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shane_Acton
James Warram Catamarans, many of his coastal 21 Tiki's have circumnavigated. And the list goes on and on.
for my own two cents worth, have met a man who's sailed a Coronado 35 across the Pacific.
Jeff H - Senior Member.
Whole heartedly agree with the cost assessment of re-rigging a boat. It costs what it costs. Shoes on your feet are the same, they cost what they cost, but the experience you can have in them is priceless compared to the cash you pay for them.
However, the real costs of negative value lay not in your boat, but in your life, and it manifests itself to what you didn't do in it.
The saddest outcome of that is to find later in your life that your still hankering after it.
A crass example would be to suppose you waited 20 years and in that time the cost of the boat that is held 'blue water' by those in authority costs $200,000 where as today a blue water sailer would be $100,000. Well there you go, in 20 years you'll still end up with someone knowledgable saying 'Yep, those old boats are 20-30 years old, and by todays hydrostatic ratings, they're a house brick'.
Who noticed that trends once established tend to continue?
A boat thats afloat after 30 years, well doesn't that say something for it?
Will it suddenly realise its 31 years old and sink?
Someone who's still on land after 40 years in the next 20 is still likely to be on land. Unless you do something to break the cycle of always doing what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got.
You can look at Captain Cooks boat, and remind yourself, hydrostatically its a house brick by todays standards, but it took him around the world and it was in his day Hi tech. The sea is the same today as it was then.
What he had was the desire to go.
As long as your boat is seaworthy it doesn't matter what it is.
Did I buy this Ebay Coronado? Good god no, no I didn't.
I bought a different one.
If I had been around when this thread was launched my input would have been more timely. Sorry about that, I was too busy. I was out there doing it on a Coronado 35.
There is no such thing as a blue water sailer.
Only those who go and those who don't.
Its your life. Live it. Be in it. Be in the now.
Money is only ebb and flow. Today is irreplaceable, no money buys it back.