I just saw this thread and was compelled to reply...
I have had a Bluewater
58 in the Great Lakes
for 7 years now and it is a GREAT BOAT.
I have had it in 6 to 8 foot choppy conditions on Lake Huron, (which is not rolling waves in the ocean but quite rough) and although it was certainly not comfortable on the beam it was quite fine at angle on the bow, so we just tacked to destination
. We had white water go over the bow a few times but no big deal, the boat handled it fine.
We always run from the fly bridge, what is called a lower helm
really isn't and is a waste of money
for the manufacturer to put that on as an option, it is ok to start the engines and switch all the necessary power circuits but I know of no one that owns a Bluewater
that actually cruises from that lower helm
Many comments are made about the low freeboard of a Bluewater, and some say it is only 2 feet, and most of these comments are from people who have been talking to Carver salespeople...
or never been on one or did not know how to handle the boat.
The freeboard is 53 inches and rises to 71 inches on full plane with a sharp entry and flared bow and 7 inch reverse chines, providing even more lift
in bigger water.
I have factory DVD's of sea trials in 12 foot seas on lake Superior
and the boat handles it.
We truly enjoy the river and canal cruising experience much more than open water where there is nothing to see other than water so for us and our type of cruising, it is the best boat and although I would exercise caution, I would have no problem along the coast...
The OP is absolutely correct in that caution is required and when you are in shallow waters, 10 foot bows are not required. For the type of cruising we do, buying
a Marlow or Norhavn for big water would be like buying
an M1 tank to go rabbit hunting.
One comment I would make relative to the trip on the west coast
is that gas engines do not put out the power of diesels in bigger water, but are fine for river cruising.
The boat requires a good safety
but, I have been on a 65 foot Carver in such seas and in my opinion, there are not too many boats that are comfortable in 8 to 10 foot seas, unless they are 150 footers.
I took mine from Charleston to the Hudson
river in the ocean and then on to Windsor, Ontario
in the canals and great lakes
, and there was only one day that we stayed in due to weather
and on that day even the local fishing
fleet was not going out. the rest of the time we were fine.
I am not trying to say that it is a big water boat, it is not, but it is certainly fine in coastal waters 20-30 miles from shore, it offers ample living quarters and more entertainment area for its size compared to most other boats. We have entertained 24 people at one time on the upper deck
alone, and diesel fuel
usage ranges from 2mpg at 7 mph to 2gpm at 20 mph. (4gph to 40gph) 10 times the fuel
for three times the speed... which is quite normal for a boat this size at that speed.