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Old 17-02-2018, 12:09   #1
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Hughes 40 a bluewater boat?

What constitutes a bluewater boat? Is a Hughes 40 center cockpit ketch considered bluewater?

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Yes.. a Sparkman and Stephens design.. as good as anything else out there of that era.. pre Euro Trash..
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Yes.. a Sparkman and Stephens design.. as good as anything else out there of that era.. pre Euro Trash..
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I have a '76 Northstar 40 Hull #42 that was nicely converted from ketch to sloop and would definitely call her a blue water boat. And she is a joy to sail.
S&S design is excellent but maintenance and outfitting are part of being a blue-water boat as well.
She stays upright even in heavy winds and the center cockpit is both convenient and feels very safe.
I just hauled here and painted hull and re-did some seacocks and a new depth transducer where I found the hull to be 1-3/8" solid glass.
re-did deck waste fitting and deck was 1/2" solid glass.
I also love the Ford Lehman 80hp and the parts/knowledge from Brian at American Diesel.
Let me know if have any questions.

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