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post #7 of Old 11-25-2003
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A good resource is a book by Chay Blyth, who rounded from east to west in an all steel boat named British Steel. As I recall, the book was titled "The Hard Way," or something to that effect. Also, in Francis Chichester''s books, he suggested that the ideal boat for the task would be about 60'' long or more, to reduce the likelihood of pitchpoling in the huge seas. He also said the self-steering gear of the day were unable to handle the conditions around the Horn unattended, and that made it especially difficult for a solo sailor to get rest during the passage.
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