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Re: 76-year-old begins solo circumnavigation

I think it is more the boat as well. He talked about a shortage of power.. I get a sense that he was depending on the boat to do a lot of the sailing... when one of the sails blew and a little before that he had been tossed around some... I think he was he was expecting quick and smooth


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I can't believe that boat is falling apart.... I imagine some words will be said to Lyman-Morse when he gets back.
I expect more from them.

Stanley Paris is an inspiration to us all. Wish him the best.
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I was lucky enough to see some of the construction of KS close up at Lyman Morse. Too bad about the failures...

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Re: 76-year-old begins solo circumnavigation

If he wanted to break a record on a non stop circumnavigation, a relatively slow one, his better chance regarding material and boat would be to do it on a boat designed and tried for it, an Open 60, an old one without a canting keel, that certainly would cost a lot less than that boat. He could depower the rig a lot, have better accommodations for comfort and the reliability would be far superior. The two old ones that made the last Vendee Globe made it both to the finish.

It takes many years to sort out all problems related with a boat designed to do a fast solo non stop circumnavigation. Starting designing a new boat from the beginning, working with a good shipyard but one not specialized with that time of boats was a recipe for failure.

I always thought that this attempt had very few chances to succeed...but I confess that I thought that he would manage to go out of the Atlantic.


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One of the sadder consequences of this, to me, is the prospect of seeing that boat being SHIPPED back from Cape Town... A state of the art bluewater thoroughbred like that, bypassing making one of the world's greatest and most pleasurable ocean passages on her own bottom, that just doesn't seem right :-)

I would hope he might regroup in SA, and rethink sailing her home... But, I suspect he may just really be tired of dealing with some of her 'issues'...
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I can't believe that boat is falling apart.... I imagine some words will be said to Lyman-Morse when he gets back.
I expect more from them.

Stanley Paris is an inspiration to us all. Wish him the best.
Good thing he has some C-clamps aboard...

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Perhaps he should have had Brent make his furlers :-) Although, I'd put my money on that being some "Electric winch-assisted" damage, there...



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Perhaps he should have had Brent make his furlers :-) Although, I'd put my money on that being some "Electric winch-assisted" damage, there...


That's the wrong equipment when max reliability and efficiency is what is looked for. That is the right kind of equipment for a furling staysail for what he was trying to do:



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Re: 76-year-old begins solo circumnavigation

How much shaking down did the ship get? I hope he had her in a few heavy blows before heading out around the planet.

This guy seems like a first rate sailor and Lyman Morse is certainly a first rate builder. It will be interesting to hear the final analysis. All may learn something.


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Re: 76-year-old begins solo circumnavigation

To circumnavigate --- do you have to cross the equator? I was wondering why the Kiwi Spirit didn't start in New Zealand (and finish) --- his homeland... but I have seen a couple solo navigators have started in the northern hemisphere


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