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WHAT ARE THE ESSENTIAL FEATURES OF A BLUEWATER SAILBOAT? 6 CHARACTERISTICS OF A BLUEWATER YACHT. The traditional consensus seems to be that the “bluewaterness” of an offshore... BUYING A CRUISING SAILBOAT. When we set ourselves the goal of bluewater cruising from Vancouver to Australia, we asked..…
The determining factor for a true bluewater boat is more than size. Good ocean-going vessels have a smaller cockpit, skeg held rudder, all weather bunks, and lots of handrails just to name a few.” He adds, “heavier boats are more sea kindly which means less motion and heel.”
What makes a GREAT Bluewater Sailboat? - With John Kretschmer - YouTube.
Finally, a bluewater cruiser needs to be both seaworthy and sea-kindly in its design and construction—that is, it must be able to both stand up to the rigors of heavy weather and spare the crew undue fatigue in the course of a typical passage. This is a boat that sails well but doesn’t require tremendous effort to keep it in trim.
Nothing makes a boat a blue water boat, it's a made up and meaningless term. Some will say it has to have a full keel. Some will say it has to have redundant masts.
In the Pacific Northwest, the consensus seemed to be that the “bluewaterness” of an offshore yacht boiled down to six main elements: a long keel, a skeg-hung rudder, heavy displacement, reputable offshore builder, large water and diesel tanks, and a cutter rig or ketch design.
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To any, what makes a "blue water boat"? In the past 7 months I've been looking for such a boat and many times have Googled the ultimate "Blue Water Sail Boat". The results are coming up with a West Sail (32), Pacific Sea Craft and several others, in which these boats were said to be "OVER BUILT" in hull thickness. This seems to be the major reason.
A "blue water" boat is often built heavier than a coastal cruiser of the same LOA—often with a narrower cabin/salon, more handholds, stronger ports and hatches, more stowage, more fuel/water tankage, additional rigging, and such. It will often have a smaller cockpit than a coastal cruiser the same LOA.
A production boat is usually designed with lighter construction materials while blue water cruisers often have heavier building materials like solid wood bulkheads, metal frame hatches and larger tankage. These boats are designed to handle rough seas and long passages.