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I am interested in a list of blue water cruising boats in the 30 to 38 ft range.
As I understand it, people usually classify
cruiser as either coastal (Hunter, Catalina
or Beneteau) or as blue water (ie Caliber).
So, what are the blue water makes and models?
 

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Don''t rule out Morgan 33'' Out Islanders.

But if you are really interested in a Catalina 30 at really good price with lots of equipment on it....email me..I''ll send you a phone number of the owner. The people who have the slip one boat away from me have one for sale. Its older but it surveyed out well and is loaded with electronics and the price is very enticing.
 

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Blue Water:
Tayana
Tashiba
Baba
Island Packet
Pacific Seacraft
Valiant
Nordic
Passport
Oyster
Morris
Shearwater
Hans Christian
CT
Contessa
Vancouver
Allied
Fast Passage 39 - or Noah FP39 Millenium
etc.
Pearson ???? 365 - maybe, 40 - for short legs maybe
 

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Check out a Cascade 36 from Yacht constructors of Portland Oregon. They are comfortable, a joy to sail and built to last.
The have a fin [cast iron]keel and spade rudder. hand laid glass construction. Many new or used boats see 48 Degrees North they often have listing.
 

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C&C and Tartan are not of the bombproof quality as some of the boats listed, such as Pacific Seacraft, Cabo Rico, Tayana, Passport, etc. but are more suited for long-distance cruising than Catalina, Hunter, Beneteau. Some friends are considering the Tartan 3700 as their first choice (they are looking at a number of boats) for cruising mainly in Mexico. They want a boat that is constructed better than a coastal cruiser but don''t want or need a true go-anywhere boat.
 

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I would add many of the Cheoy Lee models which are sailing all over the globe. Lots of bight work to maintain though. Easy boats to single hand or for a couple when rigged properly. I have weathered one hurricane and several gales in mine--none the worse for the experience. (the boat that is!)
 

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What about the Islander Bahama 24? This boat has been sailed around some pretty tough seas in the pacific.

3400lb. Displacement 1700lb. Ballast. That's 2.47 to 1 ballast ratio.
24' loa, 20.00 LWL
Full Keel, skeg rudder.

Seems seaworthy to me! And it's proven. (Read Dove)
 

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There is a guy named John down in Texas who frequently sails his Bristol 29.9 in bluewater offshore conditions and loves how well his boat handles them. Others on this site have said that there are better bluewater cruisers in the 30 foot range. Either way, it's a boat to put on the list of 30' bluewater boats to consider.
 
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