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Its with some disbelief i read this. This lad has not done his homework.If he's still withus,and not having a disscusion with Davey Jones..get The Atlantic Crossing Guide..by Anne Hammick..Great in depth info on times to go,practical routes,safe ports etc..I have a 28ft steel sloop that i have been working on for 5yrs to do the atlantic..Its not something to be taken lightly.Cheers BILL s/v ICE BIRD
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Transatlantic crossing East West

Hi,
I wantr to offer myself as a crew for any transatylantic crossing at the end of this year?
has the season finished? where is best place to find pople crossing?
im living in the uk, and hopefully want to get as close to south america AS POSSIBLE.
MY FINAL destination is Buenos Aires,. but happy to do that by land from anywhere.
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Hi there Frogma,

I am guessing you're already gone east by now, hope you had a good trip. I read the other peoples advises here and they are thinking about your well-being, and indeed, January is simply not the time, early summer is best, and even later summer is still better (chances of huricanes) than January. see, when you get cold on the boat, you will slack things more easily, that halfway chaved through sheet can wait untill tomorrow, the bolts coming out of the windpilot.. ah, I can get down there tomorrow to tighten them... etc., etc... unless.... you get real good all weather clothings and equip your boat with a cosy cabin heater of some sort... if you're not gone by now: we are on Bermuda right now looking to cross in the next few weeks, we could sail together with two boats, if that is satisfactory to your wife ? :-)

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To Icebird: you got a fairly small boat for a crossing, but let me advise you: go..... you can always find some reason not to go (i found many) but in the end, when you just go ahead and do it, you'll find that it's really nice out there, and things will break or wear out anyway during the trip, believe me, even if everything is noew, something will break. it's not a matter of having a perfect equipped and maintained boat to go with, it's how fast and mechically smart you are in case something breaks what get's you across in one piece... when we went last year I had just 5 weeks of sailing experience over a period of three years time. we went back and forth between some carribean islands, and then started with the crossing of the carribean sea... after that the ocean to bermuda, and then to the azores and europe... something broke... always... on every trip.... most important is: your rigging must be perfect, and your steering systems, incl. autopilots. the rest will probably break when you least expect it, so just makesure you have patch-materials and spare parts with you...

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Thanks for the input Cape. Sounds like you've had some interesting cruises. The original poster heeded advice not to cross in winter.
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