Point well taken Adelie. You are right, I have seen no Catalina trashing in this thread.
On the subject of "blue water" boats, let's look at a couple of points.
1. Tankage. Is it a good sailing boat? Large tanks
half full invite injector blowing contamination. Better to have a couple small tanks
, or jerry cans, than one large tank. When becalmed, it is good to have water
to drink, no matter how much fuel
you carry on a boat less than 45', you will be using your diesel
as little as possible and will have to raise sail to keep from running out at some point. As for water tankage, water too can get tainted and become non-potable. Thus again, many if not several water storage
tanks or bottles is better than one large tank.
2. Foul weather
or storm worthiness. Is it not true that the worst seas and winds occur in coatal areas?
3. Large cockpits. Better for crew, more cofortable and more living space at anchor
. See next paragraph. Just insure sufficient drainage. Open transoms have eliminated the swamped cockpit
In my boat quest that I have narrowed, see previous posting
, 30 days of drinking and cooking
water for two-four people, plus water maker. Good sailing characteristics rather than diesel
capacity. Translate to good light wind
Creature comfort and female friendly also rank high because no matter how much you cruiese, you spend over 80% of your time at port or on anchor
, most of us more like 95%. I do like sailing with the bros, but anchoring
with the babe is better. Beamy-ness and interior
volume can be compenstated while under way, but cramped and narrow can not be compensated for while at anchor.
Most of us have dreams of blue water and crossing big oceans, myself included. In reality, we will be lucky to be able to do alot of coastal cruising.
Just the many thoughts that have raced through my feeble mind whilst trying to shed myself of the drudgery of the rat race
for the adventure of the sailing life and the drudgery of keeping my plastic boat afloat while persuing that life of adventure.