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Old 23-07-2013, 06:43   #1
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I need help with the windward 30 sloop, I'm looking at s&s 34's and westsail 32 . but is it possible that the windward 30 FG with some work will survive a cruise from canada to Hawaii > Fiji> Australia??

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Old 23-07-2013, 07:02   #2
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Hi Beeny,

Welcome to CF.

I am not familiar with the windward, but it looks beefy. Seems like they are a bit of a mystery. Even the designer is not familiar with them!

Just looking at the numbers, it seem plenty stout, with plenty of ballast. It is narrow by modern standards, which is good. However the tankage is tiny for a cruise like yours. This is all assuming the info below is correct, which it may not be.

WINDWARD 30 sailboat specifications and details on

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Old 23-07-2013, 09:50   #3
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Is it possible? Of course! Captain Bligh and 18 loyal members of the Mutiny crew sailed 3,000 miles across the South Pacific in a 23' open launch. A couple of different people have crossed the Pacific in boats less than 20' long.

The question you want to ask is not, is it possible? The answer to that is always "yes." The question you want to ask is, can I make this journey safely, in this boat, in the degree of comfort that I desire? And that is a question that only you can answer, because the answer depends entirely on your abilities, your preparation, and just what creature comforts you expect.

Good luck, in any case.
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Old 23-07-2013, 11:44   #4
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I think maybe the first leg is a challenge. There may be some prolonged bad wx there?

Whatever boat you take, make sure her condition is perfect and your skills are adequate (yes, I know offshore experience is build by sailing offshore ;-))

Take care, good luck,
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