Category Archives: Smack’s Writing

Cheap Bluewater Boats!!!

…DO NOT EXIST. SO STOP WITH THE STUPID TERMINOLOGY!!!

I’m copying this post I put up on my BFSails Facebook page because I’m hoping that the next batch of sailboat-buying newbies will find this via Google and avoid getting suckered into 40-year-old “bluewater boats” that will cost you WAY MORE than you think and provide you WAY LESS than you need for long-term cruising….

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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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The OSTAR/TWOSTAR Rescues

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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