People with no offshore cruising experience, who choose somethign as flimsy and badly balanced as a Catalina 27, dont have much in the way of credibility, when discussing offshore cruising boats.
So Smackdaddy, give us a rundown on the number of offshore passages you have made, in a boat you have designed and built with your own hands, and the number of steel boats you have built or maintained over several decades, so we can judge your credibuility on that basis..
I actually loved that C27. No way I would have taken it off-shore, but it was a fantastic boat to sail. Strong, fast, once outpointed a Bene First in a race (no joke), and was really fun to sail.
As for my off-shore experience, I only have maybe 1500 miles of off-shore racing and returns (on a Pearson 365 and on a Pacific Seacraft 37) - absolutely none in a boat I've built with my own hands, and absolutely none in a steel boat.
But I AM a very informed customer. So that actually makes me an expert if you think about it. I'm the audience you're preaching to.
As an informed customer, if you could bring yourself to just talk about your boats without all the "Anything Else is Crap for Sheeple" hyperbole, I could throw you a credibility bone (and actually have in the past).
That said, you should completely ignore me and answer the guys above that actually know. If you can convince them - you certainly don't need to convince the likes of me.
I like you Brent. Just be real.