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|07-27-2010 09:25 AM|
|WanderingStar||Thanks for the input Cape. Sounds like you've had some interesting cruises. The original poster heeded advice not to cross in winter.|
|07-26-2010 10:22 AM|
|Capekathryn||To Icebird: you got a fairly small boat for a crossing, but let me advise you: go..... you can always find some reason not to go (i found many) but in the end, when you just go ahead and do it, you'll find that it's really nice out there, and things will break or wear out anyway during the trip, believe me, even if everything is noew, something will break. it's not a matter of having a perfect equipped and maintained boat to go with, it's how fast and mechically smart you are in case something breaks what get's you across in one piece... when we went last year I had just 5 weeks of sailing experience over a period of three years time. we went back and forth between some carribean islands, and then started with the crossing of the carribean sea... after that the ocean to bermuda, and then to the azores and europe... something broke... always... on every trip.... most important is: your rigging must be perfect, and your steering systems, incl. autopilots. the rest will probably break when you least expect it, so just makesure you have patch-materials and spare parts with you...|
|07-26-2010 10:15 AM|
Hi there Frogma,
I am guessing you're already gone east by now, hope you had a good trip. I read the other peoples advises here and they are thinking about your well-being, and indeed, January is simply not the time, early summer is best, and even later summer is still better (chances of huricanes) than January. see, when you get cold on the boat, you will slack things more easily, that halfway chaved through sheet can wait untill tomorrow, the bolts coming out of the windpilot.. ah, I can get down there tomorrow to tighten them... etc., etc... unless.... you get real good all weather clothings and equip your boat with a cosy cabin heater of some sort... if you're not gone by now: we are on Bermuda right now looking to cross in the next few weeks, we could sail together with two boats, if that is satisfactory to your wife ? :-)
|07-18-2010 02:21 PM|
Transatlantic crossing East West
I wantr to offer myself as a crew for any transatylantic crossing at the end of this year?
has the season finished? where is best place to find pople crossing?
im living in the uk, and hopefully want to get as close to south america AS POSSIBLE.
MY FINAL destination is Buenos Aires,. but happy to do that by land from anywhere.
|07-03-2010 07:32 PM|
|ICEBIRD||Its with some disbelief i read this. This lad has not done his homework.If he's still withus,and not having a disscusion with Davey Jones..get The Atlantic Crossing Guide..by Anne Hammick..Great in depth info on times to go,practical routes,safe ports etc..I have a 28ft steel sloop that i have been working on for 5yrs to do the atlantic..Its not something to be taken lightly.Cheers BILL s/v ICE BIRD|
|06-10-2010 03:38 PM|
|marksaviation||Scary !!! that kind of trip in a 34ft well found vessel is nothing shy of a major undertaking with a very experienced crew during the delivery season. It took years of planing and prep to get my 41ft boat ready for a Bermuda Race in June! I hope you are not serious!!!|
|06-10-2010 03:10 PM|
Are you in England?
I just found out this thread and I'm quite in the same situation. I'm French too (Breton meme), and I bought a Beneteau First 310 last year. I'm working on the boat from there to prepare her for offshore sailing. My first stage will be a Gulf crossing from Houston to southwest Florida in november. Then I'll sail her in the Keys for 1 year before to go on Florida est coast to wait for the Atlantic crossing in May/June 2013!!
So if you already cross the Atlantic, I'll be glad to hear your story.
|05-02-2010 01:10 PM|
anyone going from Europe to America in June?
Im a British lass, environmental biologist and tai chi practioner, looking to crew a small boat from Europe to the east coast of the USA. Preferably near Florida where my own boat waiting for me. Im studying for my skippers licence and will be taking exams and intensive training in the USA for my barefoot certificates. Im a hard working girl , i cope well under stress and little sleep, i'm very observant with detail and a good multi-tasker, am also a great cook and very considerate to fellow crew members, i dont talk all the time, rather thoughtful in nature but i enjoy a good debate and conversation! I speak english and spanish, I'm looking for a mixed crew position only with other females aboard.
|02-28-2010 04:38 PM|
Sailor with privat GPS Garmin from Saint Martin Caribbean to Europe from March 2010
I am in St. Maarten. I'm available for clasic way - unpaid and non-paying CREW POSITIONS. Preparations are from March 05.03.2010 to May from Caribbean to Europe.
I have sailing experience, I will pay all my expences. I have a Ticket to Europa, but I am available also for a Crew. I will check your yacht. Test sailing is nessesary with 3 person crew. No sailing with 2 person crew.
More about me: World citizen with Austrian passport (Europe), 57, je parle france, I speak German and English and many other languages, widower, privateer, non smoker, non drinker, dentist out of service. I like silence. My privat boardpharmacy about 4 kg, and privat GPS system Garmin with enough batteries are also available.
|02-16-2010 07:55 PM|
I brought a boat down from Virginia to Puerto Rico just before Thanksgiving. I too was thinking about doing it solo, but a friend with zero sailing experience volunteered to go for company and extra hands. He was really needed only twice, but had he not been there with those extra hands, I'm not sure what the outcome would have been, but it would not have been pretty.
Please be safe.. if you are not current with the boat, take someone with you. You never now when two extra hands holding a wheel while you are battling sails in 20 foot seas can save your rigging and possibly your life or boat. I'm talking from experience. By the way... it was freezing cold the first 4-5 days then. I cannot imagine doing that trip now until it warms up a bit. Take the time/money and have the rig really throroughly checked by a competent rigger. I ended up having to have 3 of the standing rigging lines replaced before leaving. I cursed the cost when I paid and praised his work after going through a trip that was a living hell for several days of unbelievable wind and wave action. my rig stayed strong and upright with the work done.
Good Luck and God Speed to you.
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