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Old 24-06-2015, 14:17   #1
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Current production bluewater boats

I am curious what is out there in terms of blue water mono hull sailboats in the 40 - 46 ft range that is not a one-of custom boat and is produced in North America.
First choice is an Outbound but the almost 10% duty because it is produced overseas is a real killer.
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I am curious what is out there in terms of blue water mono hull sailboats in the 40 - 46 ft range that is not a one-of custom boat and is produced in North America.
First choice is an Outbound but the almost 10% duty because it is produced overseas is a real killer.
Boy are you in for it...! The bluewater criteria thread folks will be here to help you along...but then what is 'blue' ?

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Re: Current production bluewater boats

Hi Jd... Don't be buffaloed by those folks who claim to manufacture 'blue water' boats. The only reliable source for what is 'blue water' and what isn't are folks who have sailed significant distances offshore in all kinds of weather and sea conditions. The weekend sailor at the club or the the buoy racer is not necessarily the right person to ask. If they have done a couple of Transpac's, Vic-Maui or ARC races then listen closely to them.
During my years as a delivery skipper I sailed many 'blue water' described vessels that were better suited for lake sailing and other reputed to be dogs that sailed well, remained dry and had a minimum of gear failures.
There are many regular posters here who would be glad to advise you... Good Luck, Phil
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Re: Current production bluewater boats

I know I am poking at the hornets nest .... but what's a guy to do when he wants something more sturdy than a Catalina and used Outbounds invariably are real expensive and in the opposite corner of the continent ?
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Re: Current production bluewater boats

Pacific Seacraft in North Carolina.

Gozzard is North American - Canada.

Hinckley has resumed sailboat building with their new 50', although that might re-spark the "BWB" argument, and may not be a production boat.

Morris

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Seaward/Hake

I don't know if Shannon is still in production

Tartan

Kanter - Canada

Saga/Bruckman - Canada

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Nor'sea has a 36' out that to me fits all the so called "bluewater" bullet points but you have to sell a child, a kidney and your soul to afford one...
Pacific Seacraft is a second....
I have been scouring for months and that's all I got so far....

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Pacific Seacraft, Island Packet, Tartan and their new 4000.


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What about C&C? Canada I believe. Not sure it fits some folks' "bluewater" designation or not, but seems to enjoy a good overall rep.
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Southerly but not in production. Although I take my production boat in blue water all the time

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Rustler in UK are now much less expensive due to exchange rate. The Rustler 44 very similar to Morris 45. Southerly out of business.

I just did the search and end up with a Hylas 54.
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Why not read this? Great criteria and nice list near the end. Almost everything that has been mentioned to this point is listed:

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Island Packet, Pacific Seacraft come to mind in current or recent production. Cape Dory in past production as well as Gozzard and Halberg Rassy.
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What about C&C? Canada I believe. Not sure it fits some folks' "bluewater" designation or not, but seems to enjoy a good overall rep.
I don't think they make a >40' cruising boat, so don't fit the OP's requirements.

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You have garnered some good suggestions here, Jd... Now go and talk to folks who have sailed these boats offshore. Phil
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