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Old 09-03-2013, 13:29   #46
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Re: The perfect offshore cruiser!?

In the near furture there will probably be some new books written, maybe once that happens people can stop being in the 80s meaning that boats that aren't from the 60s and 70s are considered the "ones".
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Old 09-03-2013, 13:35   #47
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If your boat is pounding, the fact is, you don't know how to sail it.
Performance hulls don't pound, their drivers do..
Hahaha.. real joker! But you are right, slow down or don't beat to weather when it's nasty weather and you stop pounding. Thou what's the point then having performance hull in the first place
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(...) If smaller budget, an older, smaller S&S Swan, but the latter is likely to have been sailed hard and tends to have a lot of single berths which was a killer for my wife.(...)
The above is a beautiful statement: it shows exactly how wildly individual preferences can differ: all the boats my partner likes are the ones with no separate cabins and seagoing single bunks rather than double queen berths!

The good news is out there is a boat for everey body!

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Old 09-03-2013, 13:41   #49
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Re: The perfect offshore cruiser!?

Yep. I too think slowing down, upwind, helps loads.

BUT then why get a fast boat in the first place?

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Old 09-03-2013, 14:20   #50
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Re: The perfect offshore cruiser!?

Add to your list...a rugged built boat that can be sailed single handed, a keel no greater than 5 feet, and not older than 10 years old, preferably 5 years old or younger. (I don't expect much, do I?; Hunter 41, it is!) Mauritz
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Hahaha.. real joker! But you are right, slow down or don't beat to weather when it's nasty weather and you stop pounding. Thou what's the point then having performance hull in the first place
Maybe because its not all nasty weather... Ask any long term cruiser, how many times they got into weather that was really nasty ,and they can probably count the times on one hand...
In the last 10 years and all the miles we've sailed, only once did I run into really nasty crap, and by altering our sailing, we got throu just fine...
So I have the option, to either haul ass when conditions permit, or slow down when they don't..
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Old 09-03-2013, 15:34   #52
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Re: The perfect offshore cruiser!?

If the OP is willing to stretch to 40, then perhaps an Open 40 could be the perfect cruiser. This family with 2 + 1 small children have sailed from the US to NZ heading east in their Open 40 Anasazi Racing What it lacks in comfort it makes up in speed.

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Wonder why you would say that. The first 38, 42, and 456,were designed for offshore competion in the admirals cup, the fast net being one of the races in the cup, and.the 42 took many first place positions in the cup. Going to weather, I been on many adesign and have raced for over 40 years, the first is the most comfortable going to weather I've ever been on.
And when it comes to bad weather, you got a.choice, haunker down and ride it out, or get the HELL out of there, I subscribe to the latter
Maybe because...."Designed for" and "built to" may be two different things.... ?
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We just bought the perfect offshore cruiser - a Pacific Seacraft 40 rigged for whatever comes. Three reefs can be put in from the cockpit. There is a backup for every system. All lockers below, including the galley, have positive latches. You could turn this boat upside down and nothing would fall, except maybe the sink strainer.
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...and you forgot to mention HER age and the price paid! Mauritz
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Maybe because its not all nasty weather... Ask any long term cruiser, how many times they got into weather that was really nasty ,and they can probably count the times on one hand...
In the last 10 years and all the miles we've sailed, only once did I run into really nasty crap, and by altering our sailing, we got throu just fine...
So I have the option, to either haul ass when conditions permit, or slow down when they don't..
Well I didn't talk about storms, couse nasty in this regard is most often the rising waves most often against the current or shallows. Anyway I rather have the option to sail as I please with a boat taking the seas with ease and keep the soup in the kettle, but maybe it's just me and B
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Just for fun, what is a "perfect" cruiser for $50k us?
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Well I didn't talk about storms, couse nasty in this regard is most often the rising waves most often against the current or shallows. Anyway I rather have the option to sail as I please with a boat taking the seas with ease and keep the soup in the kettle, but maybe it's just me and B
With a Pacific Seacraft 40 that soup would be safe.
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