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May is the accepted 'best' window for this crossing. Ireland sounds good as a destination and is a wonderful cruising ground. That track should steer you North of some of the busy shipping lanes closer to the UK.
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I am intending on putting something together and crossing over to Europe.

I'm looking for a small ship to purchase and have no experience whatsoever. I just thought I'd read some books and wing it. I can tell you more when the rest of the pieces fall into place, until then the idea of having someone who knew what they were doing with me sounds nice.

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I am intending on putting something together and crossing over to Europe.

I'm looking for a small ship to purchase and have no experience whatsoever. I just thought I'd read some books and wing it. I can tell you more when the rest of the pieces fall into place, until then the idea of having someone who knew what they were doing with me sounds nice.

sincerely Graeme lithgow
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Get a British Admiralty or a U.S. Pilot. I am guessing that mid-June is the best time (most steady wind with fewest gales) on average, but pilots only report the average historically: one year with four June hurricanes turning into six gale front at 45 N cancels out another year with a single June 30 30 knot gale off Iceland and dappled calms the rest of the month.

A catamaran, especially a 50 footer, is a fast boat. If the idea is to avoid heavy stuff, but to keep moving, I would suggest the shortest circle route, maybe in July to avoid bergy bits out of the Davis Strait/Labrador. "America" here could be the entire East Coast, but a lot of people would go to St. John's, Newfoundland and, knowing they could maintain 10 knots, would pick a likely weather window and get to Ireland in 180 hours or eight days or so...eight days being on the outer edge of a semi-reliable forecast.

We monohullers just have to leave when ready and hope we don't get plastered more than once in a 15-20 day crossing...
Don't you get headwinds most of the way there at that latitide? I thought that'd be better for the ride back.
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seriously

"Trial by fire" that sounds at least a little bit like support and optimism.

I assume i'd get a bit of easy experience going up the coast from Florida to wherever up north. beyond that, every sailor who crosses the ocean will have to do it for first time at least once!

I was thinking of crossing in a 15 foot boat. any advice?
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I was thinking of crossing in a 15 foot boat. any advice?
15 feet is on the large size. If you're looking to be coddled, you might as well just take a cruise ship.




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