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Old 03-16-2007
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I don't think that the issue is really the boat. It's not the strongest make out there but it's far from the worst. The concern would be with how well the skipper knows her, and the sea.

It's not likely that you are going to hop on the boat and arrive in Bermuda after six beautiful days in a row on the Atlantic. It's more likely that you'll arrive dog-tired and a little wet after eight or nine days.

So - if you want to do it - more power to ya!

BUT - check the boat over yourself. If you have to hire a rigger to tell you the boat is okay, then you don't know enough to be able to fix whatever breaks out there...and stuff will break for sure.

Then, wait for some really bad weather and go sailing near your home port. If the idea scares you, then you're really going to poop your pants when you're two hundred miles from anywhere and the waves get big and choppy.

Also - learn how to use a sextant. Batteries die and GPS is no longer available. You are responsible for staying out of the shipping lanes. The big boys are not too concerned, or even aware, if you are dead ahead.

And be prepared - Bermuda is VERY VERY expensive...
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