Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month
In our travels we have met two boats doing it engineless. Both are single handers. One in a Bristol 27. Last heard of him in New Zealand when his family got into a panic because they had not heard from him for some months and started a search. He was fine, just reclusive. The other was a guy in the San Blas with about a 33' that he had converted to a junk-rigged ketch (schooner?). The masts were flag poles and if he was not careful they would break so he had used several flag poles. His dinghy was a dugout canoe. Both these guys were managing on less than $500 for sure. I saw both anchor under sail with little drama.
We have only anchored under sail once in a serious situation. Anchored at Mosselbai, South Africa on an almost lee shore with about 20 knots of wind as it was just dark. Also there were several small mooring balls randomly placed in the area. If we had not got a good hook the first time (we did) I think we could have pulled up the anchor and gotten clear of shore, but it would have been 'interesting'.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.