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View Poll Results: how would you classify your planned cruising boat
a full "blue water" boat in all regards 88 61.97%
a "coastal cruiser" that I never plan to blue water in 9 6.34%
a coastal cruiser that I will upgrade as needed and then blue water in 25 17.61%
can not classify but if I feel it is a safe boat I will take it anywhere 23 16.20%
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Old 17-08-2010, 15:10   #1
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'Blue Water' - What's Your Boat ?

Well the "blue" thing recently came back alive. For those that have read this formun long enough to know what gets called a "blue water boat" here as opposed to "something else" I thought maybe a measurement of who has what would be interesting in a poll format that doesn't go over all the "what's it mean" debate again.

Now I'm sure lots are going to say the choices on the poll don't cover everything, but how would you classify your boat or what you really plan to sail off in (beyound your day sail/weekend sail area).
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Old 17-08-2010, 15:57   #2
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Don't get what appears so compelling about trying to define what is clearly a perception issue?

Having said that, I have two boats: an Alden 50 and a Hunter 40.5 and I consider both blue water boats. Both have crossed oceans equally successfully so the boat clearly isn't the issue - it is the captain and crew.

Perhaps a better question is what constitutes a capable crew.
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You might want folks to respond with what boat they have or plan to have to get an idea of what others here constitute as a bluewater or coastal cruiser. Just a thought.
Mine is Cascade 42 still under renovations but definitely a bluewater cruiser.
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Old 17-08-2010, 17:53   #4
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You might want folks to respond with what boat they have or plan to have to get an idea of what others here constitute as a bluewater or coastal cruiser. Just a thought.
Mine is Cascade 42 still under renovations but definitely a bluewater cruiser.
kind regards,

Would just start the normal arguements of why it is and why it is not etc. If someone hasn't read the many many "what is" threads on CF to know how the agruement always goes the choices aren't going to make sense on the poll. I can easily see someone who hadn't read the old threads voting they had a full blue water boat, where if they posted the model they would be slammed by people saying otherwise.

PS - I voted for the coastal boat updated choice.
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Perhaps a better question is what constitutes a capable crew.
+1.

maybe +100
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There are points about my boat that make it short of what I would call a blue water boat in all aspects. But what boat is 100% "blue water"?. Nonetheless, I'm not a weekender, and others with my same mfrg and model have circumnavigated. Zac Sundeland for example. And he did it less a couple of mods that I have. Of course he also had a few thing I don't have.
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i own a formosa 41 yankee clipper and an ericson 35mII..i love both boats--i am leaving for extended cruising in december in my formosa 41. yes, she CAN go anywhere--so can her crew.....and the cat....
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My boat is definitely a bluewater boat-- a small full keeled cruiser that was purpose-built to singehand on long passages.

But if I had unlimited funds I'd want something larger and faster, but not so large that it was too difficult to singlehand. I'd get something like a Morris 42 or a Southerly 42RST. The Valiant 42 would also be in the discussion.

In any case I'd want a boom furler and would give careful consideration to how she was otherwise outfitted.
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Ours is a Wauquiez Pretorian 35. I think they are universally considered a blue water boat. This one has been across the Atlantic several times and to the Arctic a couple. We plan on taking her over to Thailand in a couple years once we are done cruising the East Coast and the Caribbean ... if we don't trade her in on a cat (or an Ovni) first.
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Looks like almost everyone here has a bw boat?marc
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We have an old C&C that's been all around the marble, guess it would be considered a bluewater boat. A sister ship flipped end for end in the Pacific during a typhoon. It was later purchased by a family who circumnavigated the boat, it now is owned by another family in Canada who cruise it on the East Coast.
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Looks like almost everyone here has a bw boat?marc
Yup! Although I'm sure someone will come out of the weeds and admit their boat is not, this just proves that either:
a. there is no such thing, or
b. every boat is.
Now that we've finally resolved this age-old problem, we can finally revert back to the more important issue of who makes the best boat pole.
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Mines a Taswell 58 - no doubt a "Blue Water Boat". Its not good for round the boys racing.
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Yup! Although I'm sure someone will come out of the weeds and admit their boat is not
I'll bite on that Right now, I cruise canals and inland lakes. The new boat (planning to start building parts later this summer) will be for canals, inland lakes, the Great Lakes (in decent weather) and coastal cruising (in decent weather).

Crossing to the Bahamas? She'll be capable of doing it in good conditions. Blue water? No. If my wife and I decide to go blue water cruising, it'll be in a different, larger boat designed for the purpose. For the way we cruise now (and will be cruising for the next decade or so), the costs and compromises of a true blue-water boat don't suit our style, needs or budget.
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Well the poll got low response, but of the 30 people who did make a choice over 93% consider their planned boat to be blue water capable. Kind of flies in the face of all the "not a blue water boat" responses to boat model questions/threads. Almost all can be made into one it appears.
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