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Question Circumnavigation

So, would you do it with a Beneteau 373 ??
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What equipment do you have and upgrades have you done to the boat?

Bone stock...hell no.

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a partial list of upgrades I'd make to any boat before circumnav.

1) Storm sails
2) Drogue
3) SSB and associated equipment
4) EPIRB
5) Engine spares for nearly every bolton component (pumps, alternator, filters, etc, etc)
6) Lee cloths
7) Beef up # of handholds across the interior
8) Bigger and better battery banks (golf cart batteries)
9) Install at least 2 more bilge pumps (redundant, independent)....1 being a manual pump
10) Solar Panels...Wind Gen...or both
11) Hacksaw & Tools (to cut rigging in case you lose the rigging)
12) Emergency tiller
13) Keep parts around to jury rig a spare rudder. Your rudder on this 373 is very exposed...and greatly vulnerable out in the wild blue yonder
14) Liferaft (6 person, offshore capable...certifed).
15) Some kind of self steering beyond your autopilot. The problem is that modern Beneteaus have sugar-scoop transoms, which makes installation a very custom affair...pricey.
16) Bigger fuel tanks...the 373 has what, 30 gallon fuel tanks? Need at least 120 gallons of fuel for serious voyaging

Oh man, the list would go on...thats just a start.

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OK, that's a good answer.
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I know a guy that had done it, not once, but twice on a Bavaria 36.

Well, about doing it on that boat...If I really wanted to, I guess that only if I could not get a more suitable boat.
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