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As if, Bubble.

Seriously, CC, how long would such a gnarly-ass passage take? And would I have to dress like this?

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3 months if you were in 'delivery mode' Smack.....longer if you like into Nemo and coconuts and stuff.....

There is a bottle of Angostura waiting for you here at the dock in Sydney if you make it across the Pacific, Smack...... in boat.....other than the QE2...

Actually Dude make it a case and I will wear a BFS T shirt, change my Avatar for ever more to a picture of moi with my lips firmly planted on your buttock bowing before your immense BFSing presence

CC, if you seriously do then best of luck..... TD has been murmuring about a Australia SN get together......What better occasion to celebrate???

If you did come our way then the mother of all dock parties will await you!
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Chall,

When you say 3 months, is that because a K-40 isn't all that fast, or do these passages usually take that long?

I have to admit, I'm intrigued myself and I think I'd like to get one of these under my belt before too long. I just have to really save up all of my vacation time if it's going to take 3 months.
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It took Simon 25 days to get to the Marquesas.from Frisco. Then an additional 90 days to AUS but I don't think he was in delivery mode. I'm thinking 60-90 days with a few stopovers for provisioning and rest.

The trip is 8700+ nautical miles....
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8700?? That would be a hell of a first delivery.
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CC - as much as my pride hurts saying this....there's no way I could do a delivery like that. Being away from my business (among other things) that long is a no-go. But what a dream trip dude. Wow.

However, if you do break the trip up in legs down the coast, I'd be very honored to crew for you on one of them. No freakin' doubt. So stay in touch. My BFS monogramed sea bag and smoking jacket should be in in a couple of weeks...so I'll be ready. Oh, and I'll bring the stogies.
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Chall,

When you say 3 months, is that because a K-40 isn't all that fast, or do these passages usually take that long?

I have to admit, I'm intrigued myself and I think I'd like to get one of these under my belt before too long. I just have to really save up all of my vacation time if it's going to take 3 months.
It is because they normally take that long.

I have to add here that I have never sailed across the Pacific personally but do know people who have, and I certainly have discussed it with them to a fair degree.(Our Aussie Dollar is now kicking US ass, the thought of buying a boat in the states and sailing it home had crossed my mind).

Smack, there is a Galapagos Tortoise with your name on it dude. Don't make me cancel the rum......time to man up BFS boy.
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It is because they normally take that long.

I have to add here that I have never sailed across the Pacific personally but do know people who have, and I certainly have discussed it with them to a fair degree.(Our Aussie Dollar is now kicking US ass, the thought of buying a boat in the states and sailing it home had crossed my mind).

Smack, there is a Galapagos Tortoise with your name on it dude. Don't make me cancel the rum......time to man up BFS boy.
You first. Heh-heh.
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It is because they normally take that long.

I have to add here that I have never sailed across the Pacific personally but do know people who have, and I certainly have discussed it with them to a fair degree.(Our Aussie Dollar is now kicking US ass, the thought of buying a boat in the states and sailing it home had crossed my mind).

Smack, there is a Galapagos Tortoise with your name on it dude. Don't make me cancel the rum......time to man up BFS boy.
Well, let's see. I have an Islands Clipper 44' built in 1946, A 54' William Garden ketch and a K43 available for restoration to your specs...
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BFS or just a good training exercise?

You be the judge.

The forecast yesterday was for 30% chance of scattered T-storms. Around here, that usually means that nothing's going to happen. I watched the weather radar feed all morning an checked multiple websites. I finally decided it was ok to go out.

I bent on my 100% jib and rolled out. I enjoyed a broad reach out of the river, pushing my little boat up to 6 knots. After a while, I looked behind me and saw a wall of absolute black building up behind me. I flipped over to the WX channel on the VHF and heard "seek immediate shelter until the storm line passes..."

I popped a U-turn and sailed into a cove, dropped the anchor and set it all without the engine. The rain came on like someone had flipped a switch. Hastily, I tied the sails down as lightning and hail came down. I retreated to the cabin and flipped on my super-wham-o-dyne, new anchor light and set the anchor alarm.

I listened to the 35kt breeze whistle through the rigging, and sat at the dinnette watching the lightning and the hail bounce off of the cabin top. The only thing missing was a snack, some rum and a deck of cards.

45 minutes later, the storm line had passed, and the sun came out. I weighed anchor, raised the sails, fell off to port and sailed away. I enjoyed some sailing out in the mouths of two conjoined rivers for a while, and noticed another storm line building, and heard the weather alert tone on the radio again.

I surrendered to the inevitable, sailed back home as far as I dared, then doused and stowed my sails and motored quickly back to my dock just as the next batch of hail, rain and lightning struck.

The wierd thing is, there were several other sailboats out there and a kayaker so I'm not the only one who misjudged the forecast.
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