Originally Posted by bigwhyte
.. so what do i look for. every other add says blue water how do u realy tell ? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
one way to tell is to look at what cruisers are using successfully. Accept the fact that entry-level racer/cruisers are usually not. For specific suggestions you must advise what you mean by "affordable". But a true bluewater cruiser will have most of the following:
design capable of heaving-to.
Rugged construction to high industry specifications.
Heavy duty mast
, with adequate reefing and storm sails
Excellent seaberths with leecloths.
inboard with filtration/water-separation system.
More than one way to produce and store electrical
Adequate food storage
and preparation equipment
More than one adequate anchor/retrieval system.
and water tankage.
Lots of storage
Fully redundant safety gear
, including emergency equipment
and "abandon-ship" gear
Provisions and spares, with manuals
for all equipment.
Manual backups on essential equipment.
Small, self-bailing cockpit
with high bridge sill.
Good ventilation, including seaworthy
system, including charts
, instruments and manuals
You see where this is going? This list is far from complete, and only lists ESSENTIALS. It really doesn't stop until you run out of time or money
. Or go. But when you go, may you go informed and well-prepared for the worst you can expect, with hopes you'll never have to face that.
When you have a fairly good understanding of what MUST go into a bluewater boat, then you MIGHT be capable of making a good choice.
Good luck making the right choice.