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Re: Let hear for simple seaworthy boats maing notable voyages
That's an amazing feat indeed... the poor old girl looks a little (lot?) worse for wear, though, doesn't she? No wonder she was slowed as of late looking at the growth.
There's no real shortage of such feats, though mostly on a smaller scale.
Trekka round the world, John Guzzwell, 21 foot homebuilt
Webb Chiles' near circumnavigation on an open Drascombe lugger (17/18 feet)
Bligh's trip post Mutiny on the Bounty
Shackletons's sail to South Georgia (followed by an arduous overland hikle) to seek rescue of his stranded Antarctica crew.
Historically the Polynesians' long voyages in open outriggers
And no doubt a host of unsung, unpublicized heroes before the days of instant communication and information.
Our little boating club, at its formation in 1965, had 3-4 couples voyaging across oceans in boats in the 24-28 foot range - pre Satnav, gps, etc.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
Last edited by Faster; 04-24-2012 at 06:41 PM.