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Old 01-23-2011
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Originally Posted by paulk View Post
Guess I've been sailing for a H of a long time. Never used an autopilot or other self-steering gear.
But you've always had crew for making long passages.
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Yes Mizu is Japanese for Water.

And thank you for the suggestion on the ARC. Doesn't look like they are with in my time frame.

And there comes a time where one just has to say "This is happening...come to peace with it."

I won't have an autopilot this time out. I will just have to Ranger the F*** Up.
Sometimes it sucks and but you just have to press.
I will try to have some more crew and I have a possible 4th and 5th person inline for crew heck one of those guys even knows how to sail.
(I would really like that 4th guy as he is an Over the Horzion Rescue guy for the Air Force)

I may feel that autopilots are the bomb and I would never leave home again with out one. Then again I might not.
I will probably have a wind vane by the time I go to the Canary Islands in 18 months.

We know our boat inside and out. Ever drip ever creak every rivet.
We have service the engine under way and changed sails in a downpour.
We can do it because other people have done it.

This isnt a pleasure cruise or a dream. I live in the Azore Islands. I will be here for another 5 years. I just need to get the boat here. Once here I can upgrade at my leasuire.

I would probably have a completely different take if I was plannig a pleasure trip to the Med or something.

Thank you again for your advice and thoughts.
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Invest in a good wind vane I use a Sailomat, it will be the best investment you can make. Your boat can, and will take a canning more than you ever could. If you have confidence in your boat and you make decisions based on comfort and safety you are more likely to have an enjoyable crossing. An ocean crossing is no more than lots of short trips, end to end with no stops. lots of food and water, keep your self dry when resting and watch the weather (Grib files) and dont push your boat can do it.If you need to hand steer switch helmsman every hour, on second thoughts dont do it with out an auto pilot of some sort.
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