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|05-04-2007 01:41 PM|
Originally Posted by Valiente
|05-04-2007 01:29 PM|
Originally Posted by hellosailor
|05-04-2007 01:27 PM|
Originally Posted by sailortjk1
I won't criticize the decision to buy a wide-open, lightly built production boat if the purposes are, as is 95% of boating, daysailing or coastal cruising. I will criticize taking such boats offshore and expecting offshore endurance or, more likely, a movement so "whippy" that it exhausts and endangers the crew.
What gets up my nose is the representation for the purposes of marketing certain coastal-capable cruisers as "performance bluewater cruisers".
Saying it might get some sales from the "heading to Fiji, stopped in BVIs" crowd (and more power to them if that's what they want), but it does not make said boats offshore-capable.
|05-04-2007 12:53 PM|
Originally Posted by TrueBlue
In the middle no more than twenty miles to each shoreline.
If your interested, Cam has started a Poll in a different thread.
|05-04-2007 12:49 PM|
Valiente, the first recorded bluewater passage appears to have been made in an un-named "Ark" class vessel captained by some guy named "Noah". Records are scanty but it appears there were no jackstraps or other conventional safety equipment onboard and that the captain placed all his faith in divine intervention alone, deeming that sufficient.
So, perhaps Bavaria IS building a true bluewater boat, and it is just the rest of us that have gotten our thinking wrong?
|05-04-2007 12:46 PM|
Therefore, FWIW, I suppose I would technically be considered as a green water sailor.
|05-04-2007 12:35 PM|
We talk a lot around these threads about "Blue Water" and crossing the Oceans, my question is and I often wonder, what percentage of the overall sailing population is considered to be true "Blue Water Sailors/Long Range Cruisers"?
I would be willing to bet that the number is very, very low; maybe around 5% or so of the overall sailing population, maybe its even less than that.
What is the percentage of this, the active members here on sailnet, that consider themselves to be "Blue Water" sailors?
Can we take a poll?
It seems to me that all we discuss are wether this or that is "Blue Water" capable, when in reality, most of us don't intend to do any "Blue Water" sailing.
Some do, but many don't.
|05-04-2007 12:20 PM|
I don't hold coastal cruisers (or at least boats sold to the coastal cruiser/fair weather crowd) to the same standard. But when part of the sail patter explicitly speaks to "bluewater/oceanic" capabilities and certifications, and when you can see the absence of padeyes, low-rider lifelines, inadequate handholds, no provision for storm shutters, huge companionways with missing bridgedecks and 1/4" plastic dropboards, 200 gallon cockpits, tiny bilge pumps, vast saloons, etc.... well, I have to wonder what's happened to the tried and tested concept of "oceanic".
I don't care if these things are absent on a coastal cruiser, because they are geared for entertainment, comfort and ease of operation on light-air days. But you can have a fast, sleek and comfortable offshore cruiser that DOES have these attributes...it just costs more.
|05-03-2007 10:52 PM|
|Alden68||People seem to equate crossing the Atlantic with boat quality. However, no matter how many barrels go over niagara, no one ever comments on the quality of the barrels involved. Quality should be judged not by what something can achieve when pushed, but by how it handles day to day in the environment in which it was designed to exist. The quality of the Bavaria product raises too many questions to whole heartedly say that it is a quality product. I strongly believe that you should not be lured by marketing tactics.|
|05-03-2007 09:30 PM|
Originally Posted by Denr
I look forward to crawling around in a better class of boat than you find at Toronto boat shows one day. I have some fairly set ideas of what constitutes "seaworthy" and some salesman barking "certified Lloyd Ocean A!" or something doesn't excuse 24 inch lifelines. Unless you are a wealthy, seagoing Munchkin, I suppose.
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