is the perfect place to study the "seaworth blue water
boat -vs- coastal cruiser& liveaboard
Dozens of examples of each type arrive here yearly.
I know many couples who live aboard smaller Catalinas, Hunters, Beneteaus...etc. They have lots of room and creature comfort. Eventually some significant number of them head
off south down the Baja
Coast (750 miles of nothing with 15 - 25 knot
winds and 4' to 7' waves/swells every day) and then spend a year or two in the Sea of Cortez
. Most then make the 185 - 350 mile crossing to the Mexican mainland. In the 14 years I've been doing the same thing myself I have never heard of a single
boat being damaged or destroyed due to light construction or "cheap building"
Likewise, I have several acquaintances here in San Diego living aboard
"crab crushers" or other "sea worthy" boats such as the Westsail. One of them lives on a very stout and sturdy 196? Newport
30 - the hull layup
is over an inch thick and the rig could support twice the sail area. They give up a lot of space and modern creature comforts but are convinced their boats are safer and more sea kindly. They to do the Baja
, Mexican route
, and they to have no problems with their boats.
More than 150 boats a year do the Baja HaHa and, if you scour their boat registrations, you'll see many of the light weight "peoples cruisers" and in the last 15 years I can think of none who had a problem due to boat construction.
The ONLY two boats I personallyh knew that had serious problems cruising from San Diego to Central Ameria were a Pacific Seacraft
37 that went on a rock in a hurricane
and sunk and a J-120 that lost
bearing headed from Cabo to Tenacatita.
Most modern (post 1960) boats can handle way more than their crew if sailed / voyaged with some degree of caution when selecting weather
The question really comes down to:
What kind of boat do you want to LIVE on and in?