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kekkul 09-01-2007 10:23 PM

Across the Oceon from Sint Marteen to Capo Verde Island
I cruised From Canary Island to Barbados in 1995, from Panama to Spain Via Bermuda and Azzores with Jeanneau 44 Sun Magic built 1989 in 2002. Now My spirit of adventure push me in this project: Sint Marteen island to Capo Verde island, with McGragor 24 sailing Boat, any suggestions?

Sorry about my english, i am italian with poor English practice.

kekkul 09-01-2007 10:26 PM

Big Error!

Rockter 09-02-2007 06:10 AM

Against the wind?

In a 24 ft boat.


Tartan34C 09-02-2007 09:13 AM

Almost never do I tell someone that what they want to do is ill-advised but in your case I think you are making a mistake. The size is fine and I have crossed in smaller boats but the choice of boat and your route is the problem. I donít have too much regard for the Mcgregor 24 as an offshore boat for several reasons. First, the weight of the boat is too small. You will have problems carrying the added weight of supplies. Second, the rig isnít very strong and you might have trouble with it in severe weather. Third, the hull shape doesnít lend itself to heavy weather sailing and you will not be able to have the windvane steer during bad weather and you will take a beating from the violent movement of the boat. Also a long trip upwind will be tiring and you might make a faster more comfortable crossing by arcing north and following the wind. Can you use a different boat and re-plan the route?
Good luck and all the best,
Robert Gainer

msl 09-02-2007 10:41 AM

There are so many reasons, personally, why I would not consider the M-24 for an open sea voyage like yours.

Here is a link to the MacGregor Boats website. You will discover that the M-24 boat is not a current design.

Perhaps they would be willing to discuss their M-24 design, construction methods and your voyage plans with you.

Bon chance.

camaraderie 09-02-2007 10:49 AM

Very bad idea. Listen to Robert!

Raggbagger 09-07-2007 05:32 AM

Please dont do that, I agree with Camaraderie "listen to Robert"

JomsViking 09-07-2007 06:50 AM

If the 24 is built to the same standards as the 26 I wouldn't even consider taking it offshore. Until now I did not understand what you were talking about when discussing MacGregors - Now I've seen a brandnew, and have instructed my kids to NEVER set foot on one of those if it's going to leave the marina.
The other models may be a totally different animal though?
Go find a Contessa, Marieholm or similar and take the tradewind route to the Azores, Northern Europe, and then go south to the Canaries and Cabo Verde.

kekkul 06-18-2009 09:49 PM

I change idea....

Originally Posted by Raggbagger (Post 189562)
Please dont do that, I agree with Camaraderie "listen to Robert"

Thanks to all...I buy an Harley.

billyruffn 06-25-2009 12:49 AM

I guess this thread proves that if you ponder the advice of experienced Sailnet-ers long enough you eventually make the right decision!

Question for the SN techies: how could Kekkul's post count be 10 in 2007 and the same number (10) six days ago? He may have signed off for a long time, but shouldn't post #9 above at least be his 11th post on SN?

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