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01-07-2010 07:18 PM
Valiente
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Originally Posted by killarney_sailor View Post
A hint for your boat - have all of the ventilation you can manage for the tropics. We have everything open all the time and it is winter here
Yes, I am researching that currently. It's a steel boat with decent hatches, but no dorades. I'm thinking of getting at least four for ventilation. I already have circular portlights for the pilothouse. I am also referencing a good book on the subject: "The Warm, Dry Boat", by Roger McAfee. It focuses more on the "warm" as it was written for the Pacific Northwest, but I've picked up on a lot of the theory of reconciling air transfer without getting water inside the boat.

An aspect of steel, of course, is that you've got to insulate the underside of the deck heavily. You also want to avoid condensation. Changing the air is necessary, and from end to end. I envision things like 12 VDC muffin fans in the bilges to help suck the cool air up and push the warm air out. We already use those nylon windscoops and I can see having them on every hatch at anchor.
01-07-2010 07:11 PM
Valiente
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Originally Posted by JohnRPollard View Post
Valiente,

Good to hear from you. I hope all continues well with your big plan. Any updates? And, Happy New Year!
Thanks, John. I post mostly at A-S these days. Killarney Sailor here was kind enough to have me along as crew for the first 1,500 NM of his retirement, and it was a great learning experience.

The updates (and my tale of helping to deliver a nice, solid Bristol 45.5) may be found on my blog at The World Encompassed
01-06-2010 03:45 PM
AKscooter Wow....and it is not even April lst yet.
01-06-2010 01:06 PM
killarney_sailor
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Originally Posted by Valiente View Post
Very good news, Bruce, although you need to get that leaky hatch and leaky tank fixed!

Maybe we can sail in convoy if you take long enough to make the boat the way you want it for the longer hauls.

Certainly, it's doable. My tales of "brisk air" have raised enough eyebrows back here in Toronto to make me think that a week of half-gales with bonus squalls is more wind than usual apart from the Southern Ocean...and not for a second did I feel unsafe or particularly concerned aboard your boat. She's "well found" in every sense.

Bruised, yes, but I can't blame the boat.

Say hello to June for me. I bet those 40 knot squalls at 5 in the morning convinced her she's got the right stuff to pull off a circ.
Hi Marc
good to hear from you. We are planning to take off from Florida next November. I think we may have a buddy boat at least from Panama for a while. It is a St Francis 50 cat so it might not work since they are much faster.

Leaky tanks are fixed and the hatches are temporarily fixed until we can get the right adhesives and primers.

A hint for your boat - have all of the ventilation you can manage for the tropics. We have everything open all the time and it is winter here
01-06-2010 01:06 PM
JohnRPollard
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My concern was about going up the Atlantic Coast from Portugal to southern England and the western part of the Med. We have been told that it is very hard to find anchorages. We might go to Europe on the circumnavigation in any case.
Wow. My experience there (Med) 20+ years ago was very different. We anchored almost exclusively. I sure hope it hasn't changed that much.
01-06-2010 01:02 PM
killarney_sailor
Planning stage

We will go through Panama next fall and in general follow the standard route around including South Africa. We will investigate going to China and/or India on the way since I am fascinated by both and it would be interesting to go to areas that are not on the beaten track for cruisers. We have no particular time frame in mind althought it will be at least three years. We are at the stage of making lists of places we want to go, finding places we don't know about that are great and using Cornell to figure out when various passages should be made and how all of this can reconciled. Great fun.

I know there are places to anchor in the cruising grounds of places like Scotland and Ireland. My concern was about going up the Atlantic Coast from Portugal to southern England and the western part of the Med. We have been told that it is very hard to find anchorages. We might go to Europe on the circumnavigation in any case.
01-06-2010 07:54 AM
JohnRPollard Killarney,

Wow, that is very exciting!

And you're certainly going about it the right way, having taken a substantial "shakedown" cruise off-shore to and through the Caribb. You know your boat, you know what modifications she needs, you've allotted time to make them. Sounds like a good plan.

And, perhaps more importantly, you've got a fully vested wife! Cheers to a successful circumnavigation.

Valiente,

Good to hear from you. I hope all continues well with your big plan. Any updates? And, Happy New Year!
01-06-2010 07:33 AM
Valiente Very good news, Bruce, although you need to get that leaky hatch and leaky tank fixed!

Maybe we can sail in convoy if you take long enough to make the boat the way you want it for the longer hauls.

Certainly, it's doable. My tales of "brisk air" have raised enough eyebrows back here in Toronto to make me think that a week of half-gales with bonus squalls is more wind than usual apart from the Southern Ocean...and not for a second did I feel unsafe or particularly concerned aboard your boat. She's "well found" in every sense.

Bruised, yes, but I can't blame the boat.

Say hello to June for me. I bet those 40 knot squalls at 5 in the morning convinced her she's got the right stuff to pull off a circ.
01-05-2010 11:30 AM
Faster I guess you could say she's a keeper, Killarney... (the boat too! )

I must say you haven't been dawdling about, already in Grenada! I hope you didn't short yourselves some good stops on the way. Real glad to hear your trip with Mark went well...

Congratulations and best wishes for what's to come! Which way about??
01-05-2010 10:52 AM
Leither Wow! That's an exciting prospect for you guys - look forward to hearing how it goes.

Since you have decided on the big C, you have probably lost interest in the cost of moorings in Europe, but I should point out that on the west coast of Scotland (unquestionably one of the outstanding cruising areas in the world), marina mooring is the exception and there are many, many places where free or very cheap moorings are available. And, of course, endless anchorages where you can just drop the hook......

Stuart
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