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post #51 of Old 05-06-2013
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Re: Is the C&C 30 MK1 a capible offshore boat?

Have fun. Sometime this summer you want to do at least a couple of overnights so you know what that is like. You probably need lee cloths to keep you in the berths in even middling ocean waves (say 10 footers).

Couple of other hints, the trip to/from Bermuda is terrific and can be really easy or a real challenge. Try not to have too rigid a schedule that forces a departure in less than ideal conditions. Sometimes waiting even two days can make a huge difference. Check the Bermuda Harbour Radio website well before you go. They have an information form that must be filled out and submitted before departure. If you are taking any crew you must have an EPIRB and real life raft. Not having these is completely irresponsible.

Once you are sure of the integrity of your boat, and there is no reason to think that the C&C is not up to a Mayish trip, think about redundancy, especially for your autopilot. These things break down frequently and hand steering is no fun after a few days. There is a good chance that you will have periods of little or no wind. I would be inclined to want to sail rather than motor. It is a sailboat and if you were in a hurry to get to Bermuda you would fly. Practice sailing your boat in light stuff and if you are not comfortable with the speed keep your eyes open for a used cruising spinnaker with a sock. You could save the cost in fuel.

Think about energy usage especially if you do not have wind or solar power. Changing to LEDs, especially for running and anchor lights, is wonderful and definitely pays for itself in fuel saving.

Are you planning to anchor or tie up in St George's? The latter is not always possible so you will need decent ground tackle and a dinghy for getting ashore. Last time we were there dockage was $1.25/ft although there were a few free spots but always full.

A dark and stormy at the White Horse Tavern on arrival is a tradition, although I seem to remember not stopping at one. BTW, my first arrival off Bermuda in 1982 remains a highlight of my sailing life. sure you will feel the same.

After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.
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