Bluewater Cruisers A Guide to Seaworthy, Offshore-Capable Monohull Sailboats

Bluewater Cruisers
By:Laing, David Bennett
Pub Date:November 25th 2016
Format:Mixed media product 464 pages
ISBN:0071836055 / 9780071836050
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Find the safest sailboats for the type of offshore cruising you want to do

Bluewater Cruisers is a groundbreaking book that conveniently evaluates and lists ocean-capable cruisers. Based on the author's own research trying to buy a seaworthy cruising sailboat, this one-of-a-kind guide uses eleven screening criteria to identify the 398 most seaworthy, offshore-capable fiberglass sailboats of North American design.

Insightful explanations of each vessel focus on seven basic statistics and ten derived statistics, including displacement to waterline length, a capsize screening formula, and the author's own Seaworthiness Index, which combines the measures of any given vessel's capsize resistance and motion comfort into one single, convenient number. Additionally, he lists the strengths and weaknesses of individual boat designs reported by owners, where these have been available, which allows you to handpick the sailboat best suited for your needs.


Table of contents

The Special World of Fiberglass Production Sailboats
A Brief History of the Influence of Racing on Sailboat Design
Thames Measurement Rule
Herreshoff's Universal Rule
International Rules
CCA Rules/RORC Rules: Offshore Rules
IOR Rules
PHRF Ratings, IMS, etc.
Finding the "Perfect Boat"
Criterion for Inclusion as a Bluewater Cruiser
Parsing the Numbers: Derived Statistics and Indices for Comparison and What They Tell Us
Sources of Information
Other Considerations: Above Deck
Other Considerations: Below
Crunching the Numbers
The Holy Grail of Bluewater Cruisers
Useful Websites
How to Read the Data Pages
398 Bluewater Boats, from 20 feet to 64 feet


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