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04-21-2001 06:41 AM
Bluewater boat comparison

With all due respect to hansdg, I love Swedish products, but, my 95 Saab still tips
the cash register at repair time. The true
challenge is not how to spend a quarter of a
million dollars on a blue water cruiser but how to achieve the same results between $60-90k, thus having a few krona left for a good
fisk dinner.

I confess, I do envy most HR owners.

04-20-2001 06:01 AM
Bluewater boat comparison

The perfect blue water boat is the one you have and leave with

But realistically there is a balance between the heavy go no where boats and too light and racey to be sailed without a full crew.

Key factors are $$$$

Look at boats like; Passports, Moodys, Hallberg Rassey, Valiants, Shannons, Taswell, Amel, Westerly etc. they are all different but designed as Passagemakers once you are over 40 feet or so. Sail them and figure out what works for you.

Remeber speed is good as long as you are comfortable. and extra 1/2 to 1 knot average can cut hours if not days off and extended passage.

BTW I just went through this and ended up with a Moody 47 [older 85]

03-19-2001 10:34 AM
Bluewater boat comparison

My wife and I have been looking at a lot of boats for offshore and after much going back and forth we found the Hallberg-Rassy 39 the ideal boat for the two of us, with some occasional guests. Huge engine compartment, be it at the expense of a more roomier head/shower compartment. Lots of storage space, good performance, sturdy, etc. On the downside, the manufacturer does not allow a lot of customization, it is his way or none. I am consoled by the fact that he is an active sailor himself and has over the years perfected the design to what he believes are the best features in terms for safety, comfort and performance.

The favourable Swedisk Kronar - US Dollars exchange rate makes these boats a good value - not as cheap as Beneteau, Hunter, Catalina, etc., but not as outlandish as Swan, Oyster and other prestiguous brands. The 39 should be around $210,000 new and depending on your needs you may have to add another 50,000 to 75,000 to have it fully equipped.
03-14-2001 08:24 PM
Bluewater boat comparison

During the past 30 years of my sailing experience I have heard and read countless conversations regarding the vices and virtues of this or that type of boat. In reality each has it own endearing characteristics as those of the individual who casts their lot onboard as skipper. The real questions are what is a person really looking for in a sailing vessel and what characteristics are desired and which are not. We know the questions, sometimes we have our understanding of our answer. It would be interesting to querry the vessels in the sailing community about their perception of the match between skipper and sailing ship. I am sure such interesting terms as "leaky teaky" and "barn door" have a skipper''s equivalent. ARGH MATEY !
03-14-2001 05:29 PM
Bluewater boat comparison

Our other image of light weight boats comes from the first generation sleds, Open Class 60s and the lighter "clorox bottles" produced by the ''big three''. I think that a fairer comparison would be boats like the Dehler 39 or Morris 454. Boats like these represent this generations best hope for future long distance voyagers.
03-14-2001 05:22 PM
Bluewater boat comparison

"Designers heeded his advise and reshaped hulls and lowered centers of gravity, moved weight out of the ends of the boat, lengthened water lines, reduced both deck and waterline beam, and reduced the reliance on form stability".
---- absolutely true .... including the designers of modern ''moderate to heavy weight'' boats.
03-14-2001 05:12 PM
Bluewater boat comparison

To address Rich H points:

Those of us that grew up sailing on heavy weight boats grew up with the mythology that light boats are inherently uncomfortable and more tiring to sail. This belief was further reinforced as we began sailing the first generations of light weight boats. Boats that basically had hull shapes like the heavier boats but just reduced in weight.

The opinion that light weight equates to discomfort was further reinforced by the raceboat inspired light weight boats of the 1970''s and 1980''s. These were boats with comparatively deep canoe bodies, blunt bows, pinched sterns and high center of gravities.

Marchaj''s data in his seminal work on seawothiness was based on data in which the light weight boats used in the study were prototypical IOR boats of the era with comparatively deep canoe bodies, blunt bows, pinched sterns and high center of gravities. His data and recommendations were right based on the type form he was studying.

Designers heeded his advise and reshaped hulls and lowered centers of gravity, moved weight out of the ends of the boat, lengthened water lines, reduced both deck and waterline beam, and reduced the reliance on form stability.

Todays light weight boats are not the light weight boats of the Fastnet disaster era. They are a new breed. With the ability to actually instrument full size boats we are finding that weight distribution,and hull and foil shape can actually result in boats that are light in weight and that have smaller roll angles and similar accellerations to the heavier boats that we grew up assuming to be the only way to go to sea.


Our other image of light weight boats comes from the first generation sleds.
03-14-2001 10:24 AM
Bluewater boat comparison

RichH I think you missed the point I was trying to make.. I was not putting down heavy displacement boats, you are right the Passage is the joy and after over 40,000 miles on fin keel boats that were properly designed and not racing I love the ability to sail in all conditions. I also stated a light to medium displacement boat not a ULDB or any extreme machine. These boats when properly designed are seakindly and comfortable. I never rattled my teeth beating to weather. I certainly didn''t enjoy it when I had to do it for days on a time. A modern design sails fast and upright. All boats going to windward in the bad stuff pound. I guess that is when a couple of days off a long passage is a positive. I would rather run from bad weather then have to slog along no matter how seakindly my boat is. To each his own and mine is all around sailing. You can''t beat modern boats for that!
03-14-2001 08:50 AM
Bluewater boat comparison

An opposite opinion.
Consider the accelerational forces of adverse waves and seas against a lightweight ''sled'' that sits ON the water. Then consider the accelerational forces against a heavyweight ''crab crusher''. Which one will beat up the crew more because it has extremely unstable momentum characteristics? Which one will be SEAKINDLY enough so that you can more enjoy the passage or voyage. ... and isnt it the "passage" and not the destination what we really seek? ... I''ll take that few extra days thank you. Why did Moitessier decide to to drop out of a singlehanded around the world race after one completed circumnavigation to continue for a second???? Answer... he enjoyed it! Geeze, if you need to get there that fast, maybe one should consider an airline ticket. I''ll bet that on your passage where the ''heavy'' arrived 3 days later that their crew did not have to sleep for 3 days to recover ... or the distance was so short that it didn''t really matter. (You could have gotten there even faster in a cigarrette boat, wearing a kidney belt and helmet.)
There is nothing wrong with a lightweight fin keeler, .... if you have the stamina, arms like popeye and teeth that wont get shaken out their sockets for beating into heavy seas for days and days and days on end.
A wholly forgotten factor in decision making for choosing a blue water boat seems to be SEAKINDLINESS ..... Take a good look at C.K. Marchaj''s little known work "Seakindeliness - the forgotten factor" or go to before you attempt to venture an ocean crossing in somthing that approaches the performance and weight characteristics of an E-Scow.
Take your records ......................... and go racing.
The **voyage** is the essence of passagemaking NOT the how fast you can get to the destination. There is a very different mind-set between racing off to somewhere and simply enjoying oneself on a passage. Relax, take your time, dont get beat up in a ''sled'' It''s entirely your choice:...... enjoy yourself on a ''heavy'' or beat your body to a pulp on a ''''cork".
03-14-2001 06:37 AM
Bluewater boat comparison

Having read the responses to you query I tend to agree with Jef H. Sailboats are meant to sail not waddle through the sea. With modern material and technology a "Bluewater Cruiser" does not have to be based on centuries old ideas. Bleach Bottles as you have called them come in all types for all budgets. Check out the records/forums for the individual boats and I think you will find out that a modern fin keel light to moderate displacement boat will weather any storm you get into much better then you {Mental} will. Good sailing does not come in the form of heavey/"Traditional" sailboats. For the years I was cruising I saw as many fin keel boats as traditional if not more of them. I remember sailing circles around a heavey displacement cruiser at the start of a 1000 mile passage and arriving three days ahead of him. That gave me more time to enjoy the places I visited!
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