We island hopped (leisurely delivery) a 1995 model from Florida
to USVI - which, I take it, is not what you mean by "blue water
cruising." In Good Condition, I see no reason why you couldn't cross an ocean in one. It certainly "felt" heavier and more substantial than our old Hunter
34, and we encountered no issues that would lead me to recommend reinforcement or substantial upgrade. But at the time, the boat was less than 10 years old and very well maintained. Tankage is pretty good for a production boat of its length, but for long term cruising
, I would want a water maker. In general, they are good but not spectacular performers. They point fairly well, but don't like beating to windward (what does?), and they are quite good down wind
. The aft cabin
is interesting, and you either love it or hate it. On the one we delivered it was used as the garage and we slept in the V berth.