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Old 25-06-2016, 12:03   #16
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Re: Blue Water Cruiser Ideas

Kadie214, Back to basics...

Where do you live now?
What is your $ budget for the new boat?
Are you looking to buy locally or elsewhere?
Where do you plan to cruise?
Are you selling your current vessel before the new purchase? Or after?

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Old 25-06-2016, 16:05   #17
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Garcia exploration 45

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Old 25-06-2016, 23:21   #18
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Had a Passport 43 I loved for a while. You might check those out. A little large than than for your needs. Had a great sit down tub/shower I liked.
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Old 25-06-2016, 23:26   #19
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Re: Blue Water Cruiser Ideas

contact your local ship broker / have one built
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Old 25-06-2016, 23:39   #20
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Re: Blue Water Cruiser Ideas

We live on the boat the OP described complete with a dedicated shop. What's your budget?

I know of five Oyster 53s presently for sale.

Watertight bulkheads? Some do, some don't. Our's doesn't have them.
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Old 25-06-2016, 23:43   #21
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Re: Blue Water Cruiser Ideas

Originally Posted by Kadie214 View Post
...may not be ideal for a blue water cruiser...
Have you thought about something like a Samson C-Deuce?

Reputable firm, solid boats. Easy to fix. Just get one in good shape. You'll have to hunt around as often (correct me if I'm mistaken) interiors were custom jobs. Commonly rigged as Ketch or Schooners. Really nice, handsome boats too.

I've been on a few and all were quite comfortable, and worked great as "charters" as they have TONS of space. And don't be thrown off by the ferro issue- they're pro built and solid as anything else (as long as you don't do the things that sink boats).

ditto the comments above on watertight bulkheads -they work on dinghies but not much else.
...Two Blocks USUALLY work better than one.
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Old 26-06-2016, 01:45   #22
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Re: Blue Water Cruiser Ideas

A lesser-known brand of top notch blue water cruisers is Outbound Yachts. They offer a center-cockpit 52 footer. The company owner is a fanatic about boats that are designed for cruising, but sail extremely well. There is an incredible amount of storage space, and dozens of small touches that really make living aboard more comfortable.

We have owned a 46' aft-cockpit version for seven years, have cruised her extensively in the Caribbean, and couldn't be more happy.

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Old 28-06-2016, 05:36   #23
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Re: Blue Water Cruiser Ideas

SteadyHand replied to my thread as well about watertight bulkheads being somewhat overrated. I see his point, but for some the peace of mind is worth the cost I think. We viewed an Endeavour 51 for sale in Houston right now and it was a nice boat, a little big for us I think. Broker said the forward cabin is watertight. Good layout, 4 cabins, nice galley, not outfitted though so expect to spend some $$$ on that, however it is listed at a good price.
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Old 28-06-2016, 05:47   #24
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Re: Blue Water Cruiser Ideas

I quite like the idea of WT bulkheads, certainly forward under the V berth and aft just in front of the rudder would be very comforting at times.

In reality most of the time they are not 100% sealed due to dodgy wiring, plumbing and doors but they could buy you some time to find and deal with a leak. And they help when trying to find the source by eliminating the non flooded areas.

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