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Old 21-05-2011, 18:05   #1
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Hood 23

Has anybody got an opinion on the Hood 23 as a small cruising vessel?

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Old 22-05-2011, 01:44   #2
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Re: Hood 23

For a Hood 23 I'm assuming that you're from Sydney. If so I would think that taking one outside the heads may be survivable, taking one further could be very risky. Having the boat in exceptional condition would be essential.

It can get very rough on the NSW coast.

I would have thought there would be far better boats, maybe a trailable 22 footer or a Compass 28. But these are really sheltered water boats.

My personal opinion is that a small, old, cheap boat should never be used to cruise the NSW coast.

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Re: Hood 23

what would you recommend?
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Old 22-05-2011, 03:59   #4
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Re: Hood 23

Had one, would agree, maybe a run up to pittwater but only maybe, and only if in great nick.

Funny thing about our hood 23, to sit on the head you needed to open the forward hatch and stick your head out, always laugh when I see someone doing that.

Try a good endeavor. Much tougher, IMHO, I sailed one from Sydney to Hobart as a uni student two up. Wouldn't recommend that but we survived!

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Re: Hood 23

East Coast 31 - but thats a bit more expensive.

You do mean cruising up the NSW coast?

It can get a bit nasty out there. Southerly Busters, East Coast Lows, river bars that can smack a decent breaking wave up your butt (the boats butt too )

The Hood 23 doesnt have standing headroom in the galley/saloon so you need to have the main hatch open. Not much fun when its cold or raining.

For Sydney harbour, Pittwater and maybe up the the mid coast lakes you could look at an Endevour 26, 28 or 30. Compass 28 or 30 as Chris mentioned.

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