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CE Category A Production Boats ARE Blue Water Boats

For some reason, the mods at Sailnet felt that my groundbreaking “Production Boats and the Limits” thread, which has almost 500K views, was getting a bit “unwieldy”. I have no idea what that means, and I think that it’s a very lame and CruisersForum-y thing to do. Hell, CF didn’t even close my “Production Boats Fit For Blue Water” thread – on CF! It too (as most of my forum threads tend to be) is easily one of the most viewed on CF. But whatever.

Knowing that most real sailors will be worried that they will never be able to get definitive advice on this subject now that my SN thread is closed, let me just put this final nail in the coffin of the Blue Water Chuckleheads Creed in so many threads on so many forums…

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I’ve been following the RWYC Transatlantic Event 2017 (OSTAR/TWOSTAR) race and the F11 hurricane-force storm that hit the fleet. Here is the story.

This is a very good study in boats because, as you’ll see, these are some of the most experienced sailors in the world. So it’s all about the boats – not the skippers. How do these boats hold up to these incredibly violent conditions?

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Pure Libel?

In a thread on SailingAnarchy regarding Garmin’s recent purchase of ActiveCaptain, while discussing with Jeffrey Siegel (apparently now a Garmin employee) a comparison of anchorage markers between ActiveCaptain and Waterway Guide, I made the following comment:

“The #1 marker is in exactly the same spot as it is in Waterway Guide. So I’ll assume that’s the one you started with when you originally pulled the Skipper Bob info into your app.”

Jeff immediately responded with this:

“That’s pure libel.   Not one marker ever came from Skipper Bob.  I knew Bob and originally developed ActiveCaptain to show him what his ideas of an updated book would be if it were on the internet.  Unfortunately, Bob passed away and never saw it.  I tend to think he’s been cheering us along for the last decade.”


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