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Long Distance Small Boat Sailing
In the Summer of 2009, I'm going to single-hand, in a sailing dinghy, Alaska's Inside Passage from Prince Rupert B.C. to as far North as I can get in three months. I'm taking my dog, who has also canoed with me on a 600 mile "solo" canoe trip in Canada. I have sponsorship of whatever gear I need- except for a boat.
That's why I'm here- asking sailnet members what boat I should consider for this trip. Here are the conditions. Mostly, the Inside Passage is protected from outside waters. There are a couple of crossings that will be exposed. There are some rocky areas.
Beach landings will be required; sail plan must be functional for light or heavy winds; trailerability; substantial balast or darn-good (single-hander) self-righting capability; self bailing cockpit; ample storage for aprox 370 lbs gear; able to claw off the wind; must be capable of storing anchoring equipment. Easy, right?
I've been looking around but haven't found what I'm looking for yet. I'd be interested in any ideas. I just ask that readers please notice what the boat must do before making a recommendation.
This trip could also use sponsorship. I'll consider any boat capable of making the trip. Thanks, and Sail ON!
Last edited by akoutdoors1; 03-20-2007 at 09:06 PM.