Thank you Don Lucas for starting this thread!
I am glad I am not the only one that has questioned the statement, "blue water
Generally speaking most people refer to the tankage and storage
capabilities of a vessel as whether it is 'blue water
capable'. Well, water and fuel
will get contaminated. Water makers will malfunction
. Keeping your diesel
tank full is your best insurance
against algae and sludge. The bigger tank, the more air space, the more condensation
and algae food
. Thus imho, several smaller potable water tanks
, or even many one gallon jugs stowed equally around your boat to evenly distribute the weight. At least two smaller fuel tanks
, independantly feeding your primary filters,is better than one big one. Again evening out the load. Fuel and water is the heaviest things you will ship. I still question huge fuel tanks on sailboats and the mentality of firing the steel
genny when speed drops below 3 Knots, you ain't cruisin. I know there are doldrums and light wind
, but with proper planning and mapping and picking correct seasons, this problem should be minimized. The skill of route
planning and choosing correct seasons and not being in a hurry.
Again comes to the skill of the captain
and crew as to define what is blue water capable and the careful stocking and routing and weather watch.
More people die of accidents at home than anywhere else. Don't stay home!!!! Most boats sink in the marina. Get the hell out of the marina.
Don't tell me classic plastic Benehuntalinas or Colucalerics are not 'blue water capable'. You can tell me many of the skippers of those vessels are not blue water capable. The vessel will take more than the crew in foul weather. Most sailboats will remain afloat in not holed. Where do they get holed... C'mon, don't even talk about the one in a billion happening of hitting a whale or a whale hitting you or hitting a partially submerged shipping
container, that would most likely happen closer to shore in shipping
lane any way.
With todays technology in communication, I am sure a boat stocked with more than ample supply of water, ample supply of food
, serviced and updated through hulls and rigging
and a reliable engine
with at least enough fuel to exit and enter a few anchorages
and refueling docks. A fiberglass hull
that has been well taken care of, sailed so as not to over stress sails
, rig, fittings, or steering
system, properly reefed, earlier than later, will safely take the prudent mariner most places he chooses to go for as long as he chooses to go. Then be sold to the next prudent mariner to do the same. I will admit, I will not take the 'soon to be mine' Catalina 36
around Cape Horn, the North Sea, or the Bering Sea. I like 80 80 land where there is rum
, as do most sane mariners. However, I will be the first to back tha staement that, sanity is sooo over rated!!! Warm, numerous, free anchorages
where little or nothing at all is the uniform of the day, and shorts and sandals is year round attire, I'm there, forever!! I am planning to allocate enough of the cruising kitty for full insurance
coverage. It remains to be seen if that is economically feasable, especially if the insurance company wants to dictate where and when I sail.
I am sure I have more to add, or ramble on about, but my rum
drink is beyond needing refreshed. So the prudent mariner I am, some fresh ice, rum, and squirt is in order. that's right, your read it righ, squirt, one the most versatile and under rated mixers available. Oh, and did I mention, waaaayyyy cheaper than orange juice. I am going to miss that ice maker.