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Re: What makes a Moody a good bluewater boat?
After watching Vin and Amy's videos I came across a Moody 34 for sale. After seeing it in person and watching their videos I'm glad I passed on that one.
I ended up purchasing a Catalina 36, which seems to be better built and the important bits are much easier to get to.
The Catalina is a fine coastal cruiser but I think you kid yourself to consider it better built than a Moody, or particularly well built in general...it's built for coastal cruising. To appreciate some of the details that should be covered by the concept "well built" and are not by a coastal cruiser like the Catalina, read this article
EQUIPPED TO SURVIVE (tm) - Lessons Learned: Sailing to Hawaii...The First Attempt by Arnold Rowe
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