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Old 11-01-2021, 16:24   #1
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Catalina 42 Mk2 offshore

Just wondering if anyone has experience blue water on this vessel? I know she’s a solid offshore vessel- A-rating & all...I have been in several Chesapeake Bay blows 30k or so & I’ve been impressed with her seakeeping ability- very predictable & easy to manage solo. Also easy to dock. I’m asking, as I’ll be punching out to full time live aboard cruising in a few years. I currently live aboard full time & she’s a brilliant boat for that, but wonder if it’s worth exploring alternatives for more extensive cruising. tankage- wise, I’m happy- water maker onboard & Jerry Cans get me to 70 gallons of fuel. That’s plenty for passage making - talking Caribbean/Mexico & at least one jaunt across to the Med & back...(plans anyway)...but need opinions from those who have actually cruised if I’m better off upgrading my existing vessel (paid for) or moving into something else? I
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I say do the closer stuff and let that help you decide. That boat is certainly fine for the E. Caribe etc. Give it a go!
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The only way you will know for sure is you take your boat and go. Or, gather a bunch of opinions, which are worth what they cost you. Nothing.
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I get your point, just more curious to see other sailors perspectives. I’m hull 707 of over 1000, so I was hoping someone out there had some first hand knowledge to share.
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Take John Kretschmer's advice and sail your boat at 80%. It will most likely take you anywhere you want to go.
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Re: Catalina 42 Mk2 offshore

Thanks again for your input! I was told by my first sailing instructor that ‘safe sailors get to sail tomorrow’- I catch Sh*t from my racer friends, but I always imagine I’m sailing with a dog aboard...therefore I reef early, mind the angles & avoid a beam sea. I’m confident my vessel can do what I ask her to- it’s nice to get a supportive point of view!
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