Originally Posted by Colorado Dreamer
Can a "Coastal Crusier" safely make a long passage
Yes. it mostly has to do with the skipper
and experience of the crew...
are production boats that classify themselves as Coastal Crusiers something that with time and experience someone could cross the pond with?
Depends what sort of "Coastal Cruiser" it is. To me the phrase is just a marketing
phrase, not strictly related to a boat's actual capability. More a case that it's layout is designed to accomadate for shorter passages, usually moored of an evening safely and designed for a crew capacity that is more than would usually be taken along for an extended trip.
Also perhaps hull
design is nowadays more adventurous (I am not sure if that is the word I am after?!) in that the sailing characteristics you can live with (and find fun) for an afternoon in exchange for a bit more speed / more accomadation is not always what you would want to live with on passage for a week, shorthanded.
Basically IMO some I would be happy to venture far with, others not. IMO Depends on build quality as well as design.
(BTW, I am not saying just because a boat is described as a "Coastal Cruiser" or is something I would not cross an ocean with is a BAD boat, it's horses for courses - a family
of 5 on a "BenJenBav 30+ whatever" will probably have more fun coastal / vacation
sailing than on a similar sized vessel designed and built to survive Cape Horn in a Force 27
I am 99.9% sure I am getting a NorSea 27.)
When I Googled for the Norsea website the first photo
I saw was this!
To me this is also a Coastal Cruiser, and not what I would recomend for transatlantic - but not to say someone hasn't / won't........
But the 27 does look nice, (and IMO with boats if it looks "right", it probably is!) I like the forward eating area / double berth - Although I do like centre cockpits I am not so sure about an aftcabin on a 27 footer.......have you been aboard one and tried if for size? - including disrobing!!
When I first saw the prices I scrolled down to the bottom, nearly had a heart attack until I realised $340k was for the 37 foot one!!.........but still, $145k is a lot of money! (to me)......but certainly seems like she is built like a brick outhouse.