Join Date: May 2003
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
My Bermuda Lunacy
Hi Everyone - I need some feedback.
I''m considering singlehanding my 35'' Sloop from New York to Bermuda in June, staying a week or so, and then singlehanding back. I need input as to the sensibility/safety of this undertaking.
My boat is in very good shape - the hull and all equipment are in fine shape; I have radar, an EPIRB w/imbedded GPS, liferaft, harnesses, SSB Receiver, Simrad Wheelpilot WP 30. The standing rigging and running rigging were extensively gone over this past winter by the rigger and any suspect/worn parts were replaced. The sails and canvas were all gone over by the sailmaker and restictched and reiforced as necessary (and a third set of reefpoints put in the main).
I have 30 years of sailing experience but have never gone offshore (I have singlehanded the boat for a 24 hour period 25 to 50 mi off the coast).
I have read extensively on the subject of singlehanding.
I am confident that with an appropriate weather window I could make it out and back with no problem. However:
1. I can''t get insurance to cover a solo voyage to Bermuda; and,
2. I''m concerned with the (however unlikely) possibility of striking a submerged container, having the boat sink, and being out the $$$$$$$.
Do any of you bluewater cruisers out there have advice on this? I''d really like to go - but I''m concerned with the small probability of a big loss. Also, thoughts on soloing for 5 days?