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We own a Vision 36. Anyone else around her have one? Do you want to compare notes?
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We have a 32 and are leaving on an extended cruise next week. Where do you keep your boat?
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We keep her at Marina Bay Yacht Harbor in Richmond. We've owned her since March of 08. I am almost to the end of the repairs and upgrades. Fixing the autopilot this weekend.

An extended cruise in a Vision 32? Where are you going?
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Good for you. The 36 is a nice boat. Ours was in Point Richmond at Tradewinds untill Feb 05, when we brought her to Antioch. We've since made extensive upgrades, mostly safety related. God willing we'll be leaving for So. Cal on Feb 5, and farther south next winter. Still not sure if we'll go through the ditch or cross the puddle.
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Was this the same Vision that was in charter at Tradewinds?

It's good to know someone feels secure enough in one of these boats to take such a long voyage. Are you nervous?
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Yes, she is. We're a little nervous about the trip in general, but not about the boat. I've been blown into Monterey Bay on a gale twice. I've added alot of heavy weather gear: Dutchman boom brake, full batten main with two reef points, storm dodger, etc. and carry a warp, storm anchor (parachute), spare fuel, lots of ground tackle and more. I think it's more about being prepared and sailing in a prudent manner than the particular boat. She's proven to be strong, if a little tender, on the ocean. And, for a smaller boat, she has the room we need. She's not as seakindly as some, and may require more work to sail, but I have no doubts as to her seaworthiness. As Capt. Fatty says, "Mind the rudder, or meet the rock."
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Yes, she is. We're a little nervous about the trip in general, but not about the boat. I've been blown into Monterey Bay on a gale twice. I've added alot of heavy weather gear: Dutchman boom brake, full batten main with two reef points, storm dodger, etc. and carry a warp, storm anchor (parachute), spare fuel, lots of ground tackle and more. I think it's more about being prepared and sailing in a prudent manner than the particular boat. She's proven to be strong, if a little tender, on the ocean. And, for a smaller boat, she has the room we need. She's not as seakindly as some, and may require more work to sail, but I have no doubts as to her seaworthiness. As Capt. Fatty says, "Mind the rudder, or meet the rock."
So you've cruised the coast in her. I'm getting my skill level up before I venture too far out the gate. We've owned our boat since March 08 and are just now finishing up all the repairs the PO left us to deal with.

The boom brake seems like a good idea on these boats, the mains are HUGE. We always sail reefed. I wish I had a third reef point.

What is a Warp?
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I've cruised the coast and spent a few days about a hundred miles offshore outside the gate. The boom brake is a key piece of equipment, plus I modified the mainsheet attachment so that the load is spread over about 5 feet on three blocks instead of the original single point attachment.
A warp is a long, heavy line that you can drag behind the boat on a bridal to slow her and help stability in cross swells. I use a 220ft anchor rode with 15 ft of chain. Haven't tried it yet, but read about it in Lin and Larry Pardee's book on storm tactics, among other places.
I think we're pretty well prepared, but the key will be avoiding heavy weather when we can.
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Dave, I just bought a Vision 32 like yours, well, I"m sure mine is not like yours. There is so much work to do to mine, it has been neglected for quite some years. I would love to follow along on your trip and experience with your boat. From what I have read from critics, seems like these Visions arent meant for other than coastal cruising. I am a bit sceptical that I can't venture far off with it. Mine was in my back yard and so I didnt have to pay to ship it here, I live in San Antonio, and will keep the boat on the Texas coast coast. Right now, the big problem is that there is rain water leaking into my aft compartment. Another Vision owner I've met on line assures me that the leak is from the large port window. Water leaks into starboard cockpit lazerrette and into aft bunk area. Any thoughts you might have, I'd appreciate.

Please keep me posted on your trip, "fair winds and following seas"

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I've heard the critics, and the river sailors at my old marina in Antioch seemed amazed each time I told them about a trip to Monterey Bay and back. "You took YOUR boat?" Yea, why not?
I don't get the thing between coastal and offshore. I mean it's not like you're gonna swim 5 miles to shore, so it may as well be 500. Besides, more boats are lost on the rock than the open ocean.
I had a rainwater leak into the aft cabin that turned out to be the screws that hold down the deck at the helm, covering the steering. She will take enough water though the stern lockers in a heavy following sea to get the bed wet, so I put a bilge pump in the port locker...problem solved.
We left the Delta on Feb 5, arrived in San Diego on Feb 22, And I'm swinging on the hook in Isthmus Cove on Catalina Island as I write this. It's not an easy life, and she isn't a plush boat, but she's better than alot I've seen out here, and there's nothing more rewarding than making landfall after an overnight or longer passage.
Just remember... Don't put any systems on your boat that you can't either fix at sea, or live without.
Luck to ya. Don't dream your life...Live your dream
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