Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 13-01-2011, 03:40   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Victoria
Boat: 1974 Cascade 36, 1970's martin 29 racer/cruiser, 40 indonesian teak atkinson project dual mast ketch
Posts: 18
What Makes a Good Offshore Boat ?

New Sailor Saving up for boat and wondering what exactly makes a good offshore boat. What makes it better in heavy weather? is a heavier keeled boat better or a newer boat? looking into buying 70s-early 80's used boat around 10,000-12,000 range any advice would help.

thanks
__________________

__________________
Captain-Shawn28 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-01-2011, 04:35   #2
Don't ask if you can't handle it
 
sailorboy1's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: On the boat somewhere
Boat: Hunter 410
Posts: 12,326
Quote:
Originally Posted by Captain-Shawn28 View Post
New Sailor Saving up for boat and wondering what exactly makes a good offshore boat. What makes it better in heavy weather? is a heavier keeled boat better or a newer boat? looking into buying 70s-early 80's used boat around 10,000-12,000 range any advice would help.

thanks
The crew makes the boat a good one. If the crew is bad the boat will be also. All other choices are just personal ones and you don't know this till you have sailed a while.

Good Luck!
__________________

__________________
sailorboy1 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 13-01-2011, 04:49   #3
Registered User
 
swagman's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Winter land based UK New Forest. Summer months away. Making the transition from sail to power this year - scary stuff.
Boat: Super Van Craft 1320 Power Yacht
Posts: 2,175
Images: 10
Send a message via Skype™ to swagman
Welcome to the site Shawn, you'll find a million past threads attempting to cover this same question and as you'll read, views will differ.

Basically a longer keeled heavier boat tends to have a more kindly sea motion in heavy weather due to a narrower profile, but is slower and usually wetter and has less volume to carry you and your stuff than the same length lighter fin keeled yacht.

But that lighter boat will be faster so you might not spend so much time at sea to be at risk, but if you do get caught out its shape can result in a slamming motion especially going to windward in a seaway.

IMHO what might be the best boat hove to in a storm is unlikely to be the best for regular cruising..............you just need to decide what rocks your boat and once you decide, there are plenty of choices you can make. They are all good.

Either way, I hope you find what you seek and we see you one day out on the water.

Cheers
JOHN
__________________
Don't take life too seriously. No ones going to make it out alive......Go see our blog at http://www.sailblogs.com/member/yachtswagman/
swagman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-01-2011, 05:04   #4
Moderator Emeritus
 
Pblais's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Hayes, VA
Boat: Gozzard 36
Posts: 8,700
Images: 15
Send a message via Skype™ to Pblais
Quote:
what exactly makes a good offshore boat.
Well equipped with the knowledge and skill to use it all while blindfolded standing on your head soaking wet. It's mostly the sailor and not the boat. Many have this fear that they will purchase the wrong boat. Without knowledge and experience the sad truth is they all are pretty bad and quite dangerous. They don't sail themselves and none of them are easy to sail in heavy weather.

Quote:
70s-early 80's used boat around 10,000-12,000 range any advice would help.
It's cheaper to learn how to sail first. Prolong the purchase decision totally before you learn and then avoid it as long as possible if you sail other people's boats. Just having one year of serious sailing experience under your belt will help more than you could ever appreciate today. Aside from financial savings, you'll be smarter.

It's possible to spend 10,000 and never know what you are missing until you are faced with the whole exercise in your lap and far away. Invest in the sailor more than the boat. That is where the return on investement pays the big dividends.
__________________
Paul Blais
s/v Bright Eyes Gozzard 36
37 15.7 N 76 28.9 W
Pblais is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What Makes a Good Captain fishwife General Sailing Forum 20 07-09-2010 06:10
Looking for a Good Single-Handed Offshore Boat scheda Monohull Sailboats 49 01-07-2010 06:20
What Makes a Good PFD ? b-rad Health, Safety & Related Gear 23 05-10-2009 18:42
What Makes a Dry Boat? Franco Monohull Sailboats 30 21-06-2009 18:26
What makes a sail boat offshore worthy... Greenman Monohull Sailboats 21 27-06-2008 10:24



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 19:06.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.