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View Poll Results: Ideal Length, Displacement, Beam for ocean cruising
under 30 foot in length 2 6.25%
30 - 35 foot in length 5 15.63%
35 - 40 foot in length 7 21.88%
40 - 45 foot in length 10 31.25%
over 45 foot in length 8 25.00%
under 10,000 pounds in displacement 1 3.13%
10,000 - 15,000 pounds in displacement 5 15.63%
15,000 - 20,000 pounds in displacement 5 15.63%
20,000 - 25,000 pounds in displacement 4 12.50%
over 25,000 pounds in displacement 11 34.38%
under 9 feet in beam 1 3.13%
10 feet in beam 4 12.50%
11 feet in beam 3 9.38%
12 feet in beam 6 18.75%
over 13 feet in beam 13 40.63%
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Old 06-10-2013, 13:11   #1
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What is the ideal sailboat for ocean cruising?

If you wanted a boat for sailing to far away exotic places - what would be the ideal in terms of length, displacement, beam?
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Re: What is the ideal sailboat for ocean cruising?

my boat i have suits me just fine.

i sailed a lot of boats before this one. this is perfect for me. every one has a different idea of perfect boat.. sailing it is part of the selection as each boat sails different from the others.
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Re: What is the ideal sailboat for ocean cruising?

Sorry, not going to play. The boat you can afford and can be sure is seaworthy because you have made her so is the real answer. A fantastic boat will not make a fantastic sailor of someone with no experience especially if s/he lacks the gumption to jump in and learn to sail first.
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Re: What is the ideal sailboat for ocean cruising?

sail the boat you already have.
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Re: What is the ideal sailboat for ocean cruising?

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Sorry, not going to play. The boat you can afford and can be sure is seaworthy because you have made her so is the real answer. A fantastic boat will not make a fantastic sailor of someone with no experience especially if s/he lacks the gumption to jump in and learn to sail first.
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Not a Catalina 22.

There ya go. At least I have eliminated one from the list.
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Re: What is the ideal sailboat for ocean cruising?

IDEAL? As in no compromise? 100+ feet with a crew of 12.
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Re: What is the ideal sailboat for ocean cruising?

Hiya JH! My boat recommendation to you for sailing the seven seas is: Beneteau Oceanis 38. Aim for one around 5 years old. Look up Beneteau's website and drool away! Let's us know how your search is coming. Good luck! (Disclaimer: Not affiliated with Beneteau in any capacity.)

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here we go...
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Re: What is the ideal sailboat for ocean cruising?

I live on her. She just fits me. The ideal boat fits like that shirt or sweater that never gets thrown out no matter how thread bare.
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Re: What is the ideal sailboat for ocean cruising?

Ann Cate is spot on. I'll say: there is no ideal. Most importantly, even with unlimited resources: EVERY boat is a compromise. Anyone who claims an "ideal" boat is naive or... well, I'll just stop there.

We wrote recently about a type of boat that's not normally considered for distance cruising, but is a really worth option:
sv-totem.blogspot.com/2013/09/what-makes-good-cruising-boat.html
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Re: What is the ideal sailboat for ocean cruising?

Hasn't this topic been covered more times than the Republicans have tried to abolish ACA?
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Re: What is the ideal sailboat for ocean cruising?

Sailboat? No, something big enough (900-plus feet in length) to have a large party, with people to change your bed, makes you meals, and serve you drinks, and with lots of hot water for lengthy showers. It's best to "charter" (book a cruise) when crossing oceans. And it's the least expensive way to do it.

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If you wanted a boat for sailing to far away exotic places - what would be the ideal in terms of length, displacement, beam?
32 LOA..11500 lbs...9.6 beam..good luck fair winds...
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Sorry, not going to play. The boat you can afford and can be sure is seaworthy because you have made her so is the real answer. A fantastic boat will not make a fantastic sailor of someone with no experience especially if s/he lacks the gumption to jump in and learn to sail first.

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