So... how crazy is this for a single guy and his dog to pull it off?
could I make the trip from SF to the MED solo?
what size boat and what type would you recommend?
what unknown costs aside from the boat and life raft could I expect to pay for the ocean voyage?
any advice to get me started would be awesome.
Glad to be here folks, I look forward to learning as much as I can.
It's mildly crazy, but you have to be crazy to do this at all, so that's no big deal.
As is typical around here, when you ask a question, you get lots of advice, but few people actually answer the QUESTIONS you asked. So I'm going to give it a shot.
Yes - you are crazy, but you'll fit in fine among sailors. We have to be nuts to do this.
What size and type of boat: for one man, single-handing, I recommend the Contessa 32. (Contessa 32 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
) DISCLAIMER: I have never sailed a Contessa 32, and recommend her on reputation only. I do this because a 32 is small enough to single hand, and the Contessa 32 has an awesome reputation for not allowing you to sink it.
Unknown costs: If you are single handing, you will want a radar with a LOUD proximity alarm. Even a fast crossing takes weeks, a single hander has to sleep. Moorings and refit on the other side. A crossing is hard on a boat. Be prepared to spend substantial money prepping your boat for the return voyage or sell it and fly home. Communications - how important is it to be in touch with home while at sea? You can spend a lot of money doing this.
That's just for starters - you have a LOT of research ahead of you. Here are some suggestions: Capable Cruiser (Lin & Larry Pardley), This Old Boat (Don Casey) and that's just for starters. Hit me up with more specific questions, and I'll try to find you a reference.