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Old 02-01-2017, 01:21   #46
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Re: 'Blue Water' - What Does This Mean to You?

When living in Hawaii Blue water was typically less then a 5 minute sail offshore. Its where the sea had a definitive demarcation line between the colors.

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Re: 'Blue Water' - What Does This Mean to You?

The Ancients referred to it as the Deep. Those waters that lay beyond the continental shelf and far from sight of land. There are many places in the world, such as the Caribbean where one may think that they are in blue water but they actually are not. It is one of those terms that misleads those that fail to understand that concepts are often misapplied to incorrect referents.

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Re: 'Blue Water' - What Does This Mean to You?

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All these threads with Blue Water this Blue Water that! They always seem to go down the same paths after a few replies. So what is your definition of "blue water"? How far from nearest land, or nearest support? If you are 20 miles from anywhere are you in "blue water"?

To me the term means more "limited support" than the water etc itself. What does the term mean to you?
Its actually just marketing hype, up there with describing a bay racer as a 'pocket coastal cruiser'.....

A 'blue water capable' yacht will typically have a faux carvel GRP hull, a canoe stern, tiny cockpit and more teak than you can shake a stick at...

I think the expression is now out of vogue. The builders of the majority of today's production boats would be done for misleading advertising if they used it.

'Blue water' itself? Not in my vocab..... I get by with 'coastal' and 'offshore'....

Coastal was when you navigated using terrestrial objects, offshore you needed celestial ...

Nearest thing to a definition I can think of would be the old British 'Home Trade' and 'Foreign Going'.

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