Can someone please explain how one judges a boat to be "coastal cruiser"? I think we have a pretty good feel for what some consider a bluewater boat. San Francisco
bay and buzzards bay are some very coastal areas that can dish up some of the nastiest weather
and sea states there is, yet I see many many so called "coastal cruisers" there and sailing, year after year.
Personally I like full keel boats for the way they feel and sail, slow and steady. Does that mean my alberg 30
will take me wherever I wish to go. Some say yes, I say yes as well but after I increase her tankage, repair her decks and a slew of other things that i think is required to hit the seven seas, 30 gallons of water
is not gonna get me far. I believe my skill and nerve will carry me through, not necessary what boat I am on.
Will a catalina
make it RTW, you bet it will. maybe the hull
isn't as thick as some, it may have a spade rudder.....whatever. if it floats it has a good chance it will make it. If it has a skilled sailor onboard even better are the odds. I understand the orignal posters question....curiousity and wanting info on a specific model choice....all he sees here is arguing....not very productive.
I wonder how many of the people giving advice have ever been out of sight of land. Yes the sea can be a dangerous place but let me tell you, more often than not you could sail a hobie cat
where ever you wanted to go. Reality is its not that rough out there....there are many many more days with no wind
than there are of gale force winds. If weather
windows and careful planning is used you could take just about any boat anywhere.
Hell the highways are a dangerous place, we all arent riding around in 18 wheelers to make sure we make it home each day....
Bottom line is all boats are blue water all boats are coastal just depends on where they are sailing.