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06-15-2013 07:47 PM
Re: Amuse me, sailing small boat offshore.

Thanks I will check their story out. I like those Dana twenty fours.
06-15-2013 07:42 PM
Re: Amuse me, sailing small boat offshore.

It's not just young people that are taking small boats on long passages.
This blog is from a couple of retired people that sailed their Dana 24 from the PNW to NZ. Karen and Jim's Excellent Adventure

Usually older people want more of the creature comforts of a bigger boat, but the adventurous don't let age set them back!

They were able to carry stores for 2 people on a 24' boat from Baha to the South Pacific Islands.

They have shipped the Dana 24, and themselves, back to San Francisco on a freighter, and they will continue their adventures in the PNW.

I thought it was a pretty good adventure.
06-14-2013 07:40 AM
Re: Amuse me, sailing small boat offshore.

Hey northoceanbeach, at In Memoriam Walt Murray you can find downloads of a lot of interesting home built self steering gear info, might amuse yourself for a lot of rain days working out something suitable for your application. All the best to you.
06-14-2013 01:17 AM
Re: Amuse me, sailing small boat offshore.

Originally Posted by northoceanbeach View Post
Thanks. I like your idea to sail 24-36 hours to test endurance. Ill do that next week.

A run up to Barclay Sound should give you a good practice run.
06-14-2013 01:13 AM
Re: Amuse me, sailing small boat offshore.

Thanks. I like your idea to sail 24-36 hours to test endurance. Ill do that next week.
06-13-2013 09:11 PM
Re: Amuse me, sailing small boat offshore.

Originally Posted by northoceanbeach View Post
Amuse me, sailing small boat offshore.
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.
06-13-2013 06:25 PM
Re: Amuse me, sailing small boat offshore.

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

Ella's Pink Lady
06-13-2013 06:13 PM
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.
06-13-2013 05:58 PM
Re: Amuse me, sailing small boat offshore.

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

06-13-2013 05:33 PM
Alex W
Re: Amuse me, sailing small boat offshore.

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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