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Re: Amuse me, sailing small boat offshore.

Cruising craigs list in Hawaii and found this boat for sale, interesting reading blog about his circumnavigation:
Sailing a Pearson Alberg 35
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You might find Robert Crawford's book about prepping his Cal 20 for the SSS TransPac a good read. I've walked past this little jewel, Black Feathers, at South Beach marina in SF a number of times and it looks extremely well sorted.

Look up on Amazon:

Black Feathers: A Pocket Racer Sails The Singlehanded TransPac: Robert Crawford, Jeanne Crawford: 9781440191961

Too much talk is usually spent on boats, but I wanted to toss out, along with the other good suggestions, to consider an Ericson 29 or 27. I have a 27 and just love the thing to death. It's built extremely sturdy, is a good sailing boat and is safe. She has a short mast compared to lighter weight racer/cruisers which translates to reefing a little later, and she's very well mannered on the chop and waves. A heavy displacement for her length really helps - my 27 is a bit less than 7,000 lbs. It also has the interior volume of a much larger boat. You get a real stand-up head with room for a fullsize toilet and a small sink. There's plenty of room on the transom to mount a steering vane, lots of room for a tiller pilot. Enormous lazarette on the tiller models. Another thing I really like about the boat is a roomy quarter berth. I've been tossed onto the floor from the settee before, and I didn't care for it. Prices top out around 9k for a 27 that's well sorted, with tired versions popping up in the 2 to 3k range all the time. The 29 is virtually the same boat except with more waterline length. If you can find one in good shape, its a fantastic value. Both have plenty of "blue water" miles under their keels.

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"An easy one to find photos of is "Darwind" aka "The Pink Boat" which is setting off for an around the world trip soon"

That would be Tom Watson, if I'm not mistaken. "Darwind" had a pretty good race to HI last year with the SSS in the 2012 Singlehanded Transpac. Find his blog entries at: (sorry for the spaces, I can't yet post full links)

singlehandedtranspac . com / category / darwind /
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I believe Darwind is abandoned with outstanding bills in Seattle. I heard that it is being auctioned off. It might be cheap.

It used to be sitting on the hard at Seaview boat yard (next to Shilshole Marina), but it moved about a month ago.

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This is the article that mentioned the fate of the boat:
Pacific Northwest Boating News: Pink Boat founder walks away, but regatta continues | Three Sheets Northwest

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Thanks for the links, Alex. Wow, what a story. Glad to hear STYC is able to continue on with the regatta.

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Re: Amuse me, sailing small boat offshore.

I like the blog from the guy who simply the Alberg in Hawaii. Thanks for the link.

Pink boat sounds like it was an idea for that guy to raise some money to cruise more than anything else.

by following that it also said Angelina Jolie had her boobs cut off. That seems a little crazy but whatever.

Since I posted this post a month or two ago, the main things I have learned is that:

1. I think my boat could do it
2. I think I would have to have to have to have a windvane and a backup tiller pilot.
3. I am not ready. I think I need to finish this summer of cruising, then next summer buy a bigger boat in Miami and sail to the Bahamas, and from there I should be ready, not necessarily that I will go from there, I'm not sure about that yet, but I think that would be a good pace.
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Re: Amuse me, sailing small boat offshore.

Here is a pink boat that did a circumnavigation non-stop:

Ella's Pink Lady
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Re: Amuse me, sailing small boat offshore.

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To OP, I just read the top post and did not read the rest of the posts from others. Knowing SailNet, I am sure everyone would have given you great advises and the correct answers, even they appear to contradict each other.

I wanted charm in not because I know it all. Frankly, I don't even have a keel boat in my life. I am just sailing other's boat.

Like you, I have been dreaming to sail solo around the world for about 10 to 15 years. I finally decided to pick keel boating in 2008. In the last three and half years, I have been crewing and captaining for other owners. In my own time, I soloed as much as I could in a "time shared" boat in the dark, in storm, in the rage. I often sailed non-stop for 24 to 36 hours to test my ability to stay alert and be self reliant. But I would not recommend anyone to do this, except my children. I know my children because I raised them.

A long time ago, an old salt has told me, I also heard that here and there. He says: There is no blue water boats, there is only blue water sailors. I really did not understand it for a long time. But I always remember his words and keep it in my heart.

Fast forward, in the recent months (within last 6 months), I have been sailing off-shore almost every months (900 to 2000 nm), a few them were back to back. I sailed in the most heavy displacement boats to the late model boats that everyone would laugh at as the dock side condo. But I have been lucky, all trip was successfully without any incidences.

Having sailed so many boats, I begin to realize "It is not the hammer, it is the carpenter". As for sailing, it is the captain skills and his leadership to work with the crews. It is not that simple and just because one can add a few more feet and a few more tons onto the boat. It will instantly give him a safer boat. If this is true, the big sailboats would be perished at sea. It is a false security.

Would I want to sail a 24 foot sailboat crossing the big pond, I don't think so. Why should I if I can have a bigger boat with better amenity.

The point I wanted to make is the "skills" is most important, including understanding the weather (most difficult), always have Plan B, C, D and E .... ready. With that, I can take a boat to the destination with the proper weather window. Backup up plans are needed. It is hard to solve the problem and find a solution when you are dead tired. Work out the road map in your head or/and on paper, stick with it. In the peaceful time, keep challenging your plan, adapt, improve and keep on sailing

Sailing is a passion. There is no glory in it. No one holds a gun to my head.

OP, good luck. It has been a great journey so far. Hope yours too.


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Thanks. I like your idea to sail 24-36 hours to test endurance. Ill do that next week.
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