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Mr. Barnes's boat was 47' LOA and the Tin Can is 50' LOA, and Reid's boat is 60' or so, with only Heather's Flicka being what I would call a small boat...

However, I'd point out that Donna Lange's boat was only 28' LOA, and she did finish her circumnavigation, unlike Barnes or Vann.
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am just happy as a tick on a dog that he's on a 43' boat...Im so tired of the only tiny boats work thing.... ...Yep true minimalist here in my book...

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I hate to say it...but I have to agree with Sway here... the larger the boat, and the older the sailor, the more likely the boat stays a harbor or dock queen.
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I'd say that the relevant difference is not found in the size of his boat but in the fact that he is in Portugal and we are not. He'll be in Bremerhaven and we will not. We will have the quarter of our boat beautifully, and expensively, painted with our boat's name. He used mailbox lettering from the hardware store, much to the consternation of the frigate birds. If I ever cross the Atlantic again, it'll likely be in a much smaller boat than "recommended". I'll be comforted somewhat by the knowledge that most of the "recommended" sized boats will probably never cross the Atlantic, or any other ocean, and that they and their owners will never find a compelling reason to do so. Ironic how the size of the boat increases in direct proportion to the age of the owner, while the likelihood of an ocean crossing seems to decrease in inverse proportion. Just some observations from a de-clutched mind.

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The story he tells matches that one you pointed here. But the one you showed is only half of it.

He gave me the full story. The rescue with tow you mention in that link was his second contact with the CG.

Like I said, he is going to send me several short stories he has to tell and I will post them.

Please note he did not ask anything, I was curious and asked permission to come here and tell which he gave full permisiion.

I am going to tell you what he told me but please note that I am not sure as he told many things and I only retained a few..so don't quote me yet..

He is very very gratefull to the USCG and his words were.."unfortunately I gave them a lot of trouble" they were nice and helped beyond the duty...

He had originally left from another place he spoke about but I forgot, Chesapeake or something....I will confirm later...

He was about 1000 miles into the Atlantic, when his head stay broke. He then tried to keep moving with a makeshift stay, while he repaired the steel cable that he shortened as a fix later.

Because he had a broken structural item, he motored back to the US, but faced heavy strong winds and currents, and ran out of diesel...I don't know how and why...he then stayed adrift for 10 more days, and everyone he saw and spoke to (and he mmentioned seeing many many many tankers ignoring him, and finnaly broke contact with a Chinese tanker that refused to help.

But the Chinese called the CG. A helicopter was sent and he said the heli stayed with him all day hovering around, then a plane relieved the heli and the heli came back later. The CG in the mean time called another tanker which he refers to the "nice" Italian Captain.

The CG launched flares to guide the tanker and finally he docked by the tanker, that gave him diesel.

Unfortunately as each went its own way, 1 hour later his engine stopped.

He found out that the cannisters the tanker gave him had been used to store crude and old oils and that clogged his filters, etc...he was adrift again (by now understand the man is at sea powerless for 2 or 3 weeks now)...

So the CG comes back again, as now he is near the coast and offered to tow him to the mainland US..to Ocean City, where he did repairs and set sail to cross the atlantic.

Its true he had few resources...but that was after being adrift and powerless for a while, for the second time.

I was with him just now...the guy is repairing things in his boat all the time, and seems quite skilllfull.

I will have more stories soon, as he sends them to me.
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Dog/Sway...the list of 2007 ARC entries would seem to belie the notion that big boats don't cross oceans. Poppycock.
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Giu...my recollection of the original story which I can find no reference to is that he bought the boat in Florida and took off for Europe from there. When you get a chance...ask him if that was the case or if I am remembering someone different. Thanks.

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OK will ask tomorrow, but I think you may be right as the boat still is US registred.

Look at the photo in 1st post...
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I'm confused. The vessel in Cam's link is stated as a 35 footer. I thought this gentleman's Beneteau was a 43 footer? It certainly looks to be 40+ feet.

Of course, the name does match. Reporting error by the press/C.G. ?


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Yup... in the safety of a pack and paying to keep to the schedule like a lemming.

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