It is also very worrying that the guy says:
Ken was well prepared and knowledgeable, and he had the proper equipment aboard to survive the conditions. But he was also getting impatient. He was catching the edge of a storm to ride it around Cape Horn, sailing at fourteen knots, surfing past his hull speed, which means his very heavy fifty-thousand-pound boat was coming up out of the water like a surfboard. He was sick of the slow sailing, of not making any progress, so he wanted this speed. Sailing around the Horn, at the tip of South America, is the most famously dangerous passage in the world. Whalers and other ships tried for years to get around, only to be stopped over and over.
Spending three years getting a boat and loading it up doesn't necessarily mean that you are well prepared or knowledgeable. Ken Barnes admits he had to think about how to change a setting on his autopilot... didn't have the supplies aboard to secure the broken hatches... which appeared to have been broken open from the interior during the knockdown. The list goes on...
While I think it could be done in a boat that costs $25,000....I don't think it can be done in a home built 50' boat built for that amount. A 50'x30' boat requires a minimum amount of material to be seaworthy, and I don't think that you can get the material needed to build it, much less build it in a few months for that price.
Boats can generally be fast, light or inexpensive... with a balance between the three things... you can have two at the cost of the third...
A fast and light boat is generally expensive... When you have a short time-frame to build it, the costs usually go way up. I think that building an inexpensive boat that can resist the ocean trying to use the 50' LOA and 30' beam to tear the boat apart.... is very unrealistic.
Finally, this guy sounds like he's making the boat out of metal—aluminum and steel... I don't think he really understands how difficult it is to build a 50' x 30' trimaran that can withstand the forces exerted on the akas and amas while keeping the construction light enough to keep the boat fast.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
óCpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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