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I hesitate to be too critical of the building methods they employ, but . ..
If you have spent any time on this sight you know I have some pretty "different" ideas as well. That being said, I don't see them completing the intended Pacific ocean route as they indicated. They might get to haiti, with a good weather window. But I don't see them taking that vessel into the Pacific based on what little I know about those waters.
Also , I believe the engines are 670 detroits, not renowned for their fuel efficency ! the 5-7 GPH would be about right. I can't recall what they said they had for fuel tankage. but with there intended crew food and water would be a bigger concern. Of course if they are just going to short hop around the carribean , it might work.
I also wonder who is paying for the fuel,food,supplies,etc. I'm sure the medical supplies are all donated as he indicated the expiration date was approaching on some of them and that is part of the reason they chose to go to haiti to distribute alot of the meds nearing expiration.
Initially the organization had a 30-40' vessel on the west coast they had planned on using, but the storage/cargo issues became a reality and they found the present vessel.
I'm actually suprised that they are setting off on Nov. 1st.
I'm also a bit concerned as I doubt they have had aany opportunity to do any type of a shake-down cruise. Something I would highly suggest. Not to mention the apparently limited sailing experience of the crew, as I previously mentioned.
Many other questions arise as well. -what about passports,visas, entry fees, dealing w/ foreign authorities etc. aside from all the purely vessel related concerns.
I hope they found a donor to supply them with some good off-shore survival suits and liferafts.
At least if someone gets injured or sick aboard they have a Doctor at hand !