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Old 27-12-2013, 13:22   #1
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Good Production Models for Cruising?

OK, I've seen plenty of verbage on what makes a good cruising boat, with a lot of comparisons made to production boats that aren't up to the task, of course I have my own opinion there as well but don't expect most people to have the skill set required to do some of the things I've had to repair/replace on boats I've owned.
Not everyone has the money to buy a new custom/low volume maker dedicated cruising boat, nor do many people looking to move from casual sailing to cruising have the skill set to completely refurbish an older higher quality boat (yet). For that person the only alternative may be a newer used production model that will do the job.
Any suggestions for reasonably priced used production models that could cruise with decent safety and comfort with some reasonable modifications?
There have to be at least few that fit the bill.
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Old 27-12-2013, 14:34   #2
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Re: Good Production Models for Cruising?

Define reasonable price. Means different things to different people. For me that's $40k buy & outfit.
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Old 27-12-2013, 15:27   #3
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Any suggestions for reasonably priced used production models that could cruise with decent safety and comfort with some reasonable modifications?
There have to be at least few that fit the bill.
There are LOTS of them! But this isn't a good place to ask so with that I'm going to save my blood pressure and put this thread on ignore.
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Old 27-12-2013, 15:30   #4
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Re: Good Production Models for Cruising?

You have a decent boat - what is the purpose of your post?

And by "production boat" do you mean "white plastic boat", which translates bolted-on keel and spade rudder to me? People shouldn't cruise in white plastic boats, period. Ok, so look at the success of MarkJ, you say. MarkJ is a skilled, financially endowed person, if you will. As I read it, your post asks about people who can't afford an ocean-tolerable boat and don't have the $kills to fix up a classic plastic boat: they shouldn't be cruising. If that sounds harsh then you have never met someone who lost everything because they were trying/hoping to live a dream with inadequate resources - whether it be their own (personally or financially) and/or their equipment.

Go get yourself stuck in a storm for a few days with your nice boat and analyze the stresses on you and your boat and her equipment and then see if you still want to, or can, post about production boat verbage for people without skill $ets.

Two seconds of googling came up with this "romantic" video, there are better ones to get my point across but this is a start. And by that I mean if you can go fwd to video then the weather is rather mild, these guys are pansys to think that is weather worth posting a video with lame music.



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Old 27-12-2013, 15:37   #5
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Re: Good Production Models for Cruising?

Good grief - here is the next post I clicked on:

South African loses boat in the Atlantic - Cruisers & Sailing Forums

Solo sailor lost all at sea - Crime & Courts | IOL News | IOL.co.za
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Old 27-12-2013, 15:43   #6
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Looks like they're broad reaching in a 6 gusting 7 with the current... else the sea's may well have been bigger.
Musta been anticipating worse to get the storm sails out already.
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Old 27-12-2013, 15:57   #7
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Looks like drama for the video to get the storm sails out already.
There, I fixed your post.

When you say "on the beach" you mean YOU, not your boat, right? Please say 'yes'
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There, I fixed your post.

When you say "on the beach" you mean YOU, not your boat, right? Please say 'yes'
Yup.. means I'm not on the water skippering on some one else's boat..
Don't have my own at the moment.
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Re: Good Production Models for Cruising?

Here's three suggestions to get your thread back on target:

Tayana 37
Baba 30
Panda

Lovely boats from the 1980s, perfect for the sailor who might want to put a little or a lot of sweat equity into the project and then be able to go anywhere.
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I am a big fan of the Catalina 42.
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Re: Good Production Models for Cruising?

I'll add the Peterson 44s even though they're Taiwan built, old, and have tankage issues, and the South African built Compass 47's. Definitely agree about the Ovni's. Would leave off the Hunters, that keel attachment Kenomac posted of his profoundly shocked me.
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