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Hi,
I'm new to sailnet. I sailed an old Tartan 30 for years, did a lot of offshore cruising, but was young and dumb. My kids are almost grown, and my wife and I want to get back to sailing beyond bareboating. I'm looking for a serious bluewater cruiser capable of long ocean voyages. I've read "Desirable and Undesirable Characteristics of Offshore yachts", "Seaworthiness", and now, I'm reading Calder's Offshore Cruising Guide. The common thread seems to be a heavier displacement boat with narrower beam, more volume underwater, fuller keel, etc. I'm glad I didn't know any of this when I was sailing in my 20's.

What do people think of the Pan Oceanics (43 and 46), the Westsails (42,43). They look very comfortable and, unfortunately, very slow. Safety is now my #1 priority. Any other suggestions.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Michael Smith
Weston, CT
 

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Thanks,
I'll look at those. I don't really want to spend more than about $150K at this point.
Is a pilothouse appropriate for ocean cruising? I really do like the Pan Oceanic?

Mike
 

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Thanks for the book recommendation. I'd definitely like to get a different perspective. It makes sense to me to have a boat that wants to roll back up from a knockdown to 140 degrees, but that characteristic only seems to be possible with those massive full keels and huge displacements.
Like you, Elzaar, I'm still in the "sorting out all the information" stage.
 

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Thanks Jeff,
I want to hear a different opinion from the one I am reading in my "out of date guides."
Frankly, I'm not sure which route I'm inclined to pursue. I'm not in love with the idea of a heavy displacement hull, but I want a boat that is comfortable to sail and hates being upside down.
What are some of the fin keel boats with comparable angles of positive stability?

Still learning,
Mike
 
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