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Re: Is a 44' too much?

Reality check....
Newport - Azores = 2000 nm
2 1/2 weeks= 420 hrs.
4.76 kts/ avg speed, totally possible if all planets align....
Not sure where bl gets 5000nm ??
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Re: Is a 44' too much?

Massachusetts to Azores is 2290 (statute) miles, or 1990 nautical miles. Two and half weeks is 420 hours. Average speed was 4.73 knots. Day and night.
JustinB, did you have a wind vane or autohelm? How did you deal with night watches? (I mean sleep schedule, after all no one can go 17 1/2 days without sleep.)
If you can cross the Atlantic - singlehanded - the boat restoration project is no big deal. The difference in singlehanding a 44 footer, compared to a 27 footer will be enormous. As pointed out earlier, you can wrestle a 27 footer and win. But not a 44 footer.
Would love to hear about your singlehanding experiences. I am looking to buy a boat and will be alone on it most of the time. I am limiting my search to a mid 30 footer at most, just because of the size of the components and systems.
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Re: Is a 44' too much?

I used a Simrad Wheel Pilot. It made it so easy I could catch up on a half dozen books on my Kindle.

Like I said though, I don't really know much about sailing terms or techniques, it was just a bunch of practice. Still want some training, I spent entirely too much time on the radio with questions every time the wind changed.
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Re: Is a 44' too much?

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Reality check....
Newport - Azores = 2000 nm
2 1/2 weeks= 420 hrs.
4.76 kts/ avg speed, totally possible if all planets align....
Not sure where bl gets 5000nm ??
Round trip.

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Round trip.
Round trip was approx. 5 weeks with a vacation in between to recuperate. So sailing time was 5 weeks.
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No, I left from New Bedford, MA to St. Michaels. The trip there took 2 1/2 weeks, back was roughly the same but I had company that direction. And yes, obviously there were waves but nothing unmanageable. They got to maybe 4-5'. I've seen bigger waves on Long Island Sound and around Nantucket.
Where is St. Michaels in the Azores exactly?

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Where is St. Michaels in the Azores exactly?
São Miguel(Saint Michael) is the largest Island in the group.

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I've never heard it translated before - confused Google Earth as well.

I think that if the insurance company wrote the boat off there is more damage than meets the eye. A 44' boat can eat up a lot of dollars fast.

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Re: Is a 44' too much?

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Reality check....
Newport - Azores = 2000 nm
2 1/2 weeks= 420 hrs.
4.76 kts/ avg speed, totally possible if all planets align....
Not sure where bl gets 5000nm ??
He's thinking round trip. OP said one way.

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Re: Is a 44' too much?

Well, after much thought, I've decided not to get the Mercer. My friend and I were looking at it more closely and there is a hairline crack near the middle that wasn't there before. He is just going to part it and scrap it. I get dibs on the bell, sonar and radar. I'm probably going to try and sell my Cat and buy a 32+/-' boat. I don't really want a money pit. The Catalina has been trouble free so I'd like something similar but a bit bigger.

Thanks all for making me think twice, and then a third time...
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