The ideal off­shore yacht

Jimmy Cor­nell on the es­sen­tial fea­tures any off­shore Cruis­ing boat should have

Yachting World - - Front Page -

Choos­ing a boat for off­shore cruis­ing is not a de­ci­sion to be taken lightly. I have re­searched this topic on dozens of ral­lies, speak­ing to hun­dred of skip­pers. Ev­ery­one you speak to will have a dif­fer­ent point of view about which boat is best and why, but few ques­tion the im­por­tance of get­ting it right. No mat­ter what your bud­get, there is a be­wil­der­ing ar­ray of choice and a num­ber of im­por­tant de­ci­sions to make, any one of which could se­verely im­pact the en­joy­ment and even­tual suc­cess of your voy­age. What fol­lows may serve as a check­list for first-timers as well as sea­soned ocean sailors in help­ing to de­cide the es­sen­tial el­e­ments con­cern­ing safety, com­fort, per­for­mance and func­tion­al­ity, look­ing at the hull, deck, rig and in­te­rior.

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