Thanks for the info. I read the Bermuda story, and it seems the primary weakness was a suspected hull to deck joint leak, and the pumping mast. It is unclear if the fuel leak could be attributed to a design flaw or just something overlooked by the owner. It's a shame the boat could not be recovered to determine the source of the leak. Are the hull-deck joint and mast pumping known issues on the CS30? Are there other limitations inherent in the design or execution which preclude safe offshore use?
I have compared the 30, 33, and 36T on SailCalc, and by the numbers, the 33 would appear to be closer to the 30, with a displacement of 10,000, vs the 36T and 15,000, and the 30 at 8000 lbs. But there are plenty of boats smaller than the 30 which have proven off shore records; I know someone who has gone around twice, including Cape Horn, once with a Vega, and once with a Vancouver 27.
I wonder if the failures in the Bermuda CS30 were related to the fact that it was prepared for an offshore race, as opposed to an offshore passage. The 30 is already a quick boat in standard rig, so just beefing up the rig may have transferred more load to the hull than it was designed for, resulting in the failure of the hull-deck joint?
The CS 30 seems like a great boat in many ways, so I don't want to take it off my list due to one bad account, but I also want a boat I can feel safe going around Vancouver Island in, and perhaps down the coast to California and Mexico.