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09-04-2012 02:43 AM
ParadiseParrot
Re: Cruising in a Hunter?

Your hunter is not built for that kind of sailing. Your damage bills will be more than the current value of your boat. Add several thousand to go through canal. Put that little guy on a truck. Sail the east coast , Florida , Gulf and Keys , Bahamas with that Hunter.

Or sell it and buy another over here.
09-04-2012 02:08 AM
sailortrash
Re: Cruising in a Hunter?

The canal is very expensive and I would not trust a hunter for such a trip. Hunters are not what I would consider a blue water boat. Also I would not do such a trip in any boat with out professional/(very)offshore experienced crew and at 150-400 per day per crew member, that would add up very very quickly. Unless you have some friends that know what they are doing and want to get away for a few months. Theoretically you can do it alone but it is exhausting on a trip that long. Only sleeping 10=15 min at a time will wear you down very quickly.
07-28-2012 01:01 PM
TQA
Re: Cruising in a Hunter?

Quote:
Originally Posted by SloopNanoose View Post
Is this your boat??? That is a beautiful boat, and I wild definatley be interested. The price I'm able to get for Nanoose would determine whether I could do that one or not. I've been seeing many Tartans on the east coast, and I love their character. What is their reputation for upwind performance and seaworthiness?

Thank you

Mike
NO not my boat. I have a new Bombay Trading Company Explorer 44 and am retired onboard, sailing the Eastern Caribbean. The Tartan 34 has a rep as being pretty good sailing boat but out here if you pick your days you can avoid being hard on the wind and most boats go well between the islands.

But the whole point of my suggestion is that by STARTING in Trinidad and sailing back to the USA you will be going with the wind and current. So the sailing is easy as is the living!

Even the boats that do not sail too well will make that trip easily, so the boat is not too important. Most anything will do even a small Wharram catamaran. [ Hmm maybe need to put on the nomex knickers after that comment and prepare for incoming ]

Attitude and some resourcefullness is more important than the boat.
07-28-2012 12:35 PM
SloopNanoose
Re: Cruising in a Hunter?

It's true, I am inexperienced in offshore sailing, though I have seen what the seas are like across the pacific from San Diego to Hawaii, and on to the Philippines etc. though I was neither under sail, nor on a small boat. That was another life and a totally different circumstance, however, I did see the waters, the swells, and a few storms as well. My experience has so far been on the Puget sound and in the San Juan Islands.

So I still need to get out of the US for a few months for tax reasons, and I want to get back to my boat and to sailing. So here's a new plan, though not quite so monumental it will still qualify as being in a foreign country, and its another thing I have wanted to do since I bought my boat. I'll execute the plan I had already devised of sailing through the San Juan Islands taking Photos for a book, then stop in Port Townsend to re-provision, and possibly change crew. Then I will head north and find the inlet that shares its name with my boat (Nanoose Bay) Then I can take Nanoose to a broker and find out how much I can get from her toward something more offshore worthy. Then, I can fly to the Caribbean to sit out the rest of my 330 days.
07-28-2012 10:43 AM
SloopNanoose
Re: Cruising in a Hunter?

Is this your boat??? That is a beautiful boat, and I wild definatley be interested. The price I'm able to get for Nanoose would determine whether I could do that one or not. I've been seeing many Tartans on the east coast, and I love their character. What is their reputation for upwind performance and seaworthiness?

Thank you

Mike


Quote:
Originally Posted by TQA View Post
SOLUTION

1 Sell the Hunter.

2 Do the serious upwind, up current, against the swells that have built up in 3000 miles of open ocean bit in a big silver bird arriving in Trinidad.

3 Buy a boat in Trinidad. Here is a Tartan 34 for 20k asking. CLICKY

4 SAIL THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN NOW! Carpe Diem.
07-28-2012 01:32 AM
blt2ski
Re: Cruising in a Hunter?

nanoose,

There is an article in the June or may issue of 48north, can be found online, maybe july, at nearest boat yard/chandlery along with online, about a couple that took their boat thru the panama, west to east. One of the volunteer crew was a fellew from Edmonds where I am that took off about 2 yrs ago in a J37c, WHICH by the way is for sale on the east coast, or should be will be or some such thing. Seems as tho the wife put her foot down, and said the galley is too small for HER! Well set up for what you want to do. Not saying it would go for cheap...........

It does seem to be at the cheapest, about $1-2G to get thru the panama in a smaller boat IIRC what the author said in the 48north article.

Marty
07-27-2012 06:45 PM
Capt.aaron
Re: Cruising in a Hunter?

I've sailed thousands of miles in the Caribbean on my little ( beefed up and customized) 28 footer with no engine. But not up wind against the Trades, That hunter probably need's some beefing up to do it, Hollow rudder post, the refit would cost more money and time than just selling it and buying a boat over here, and jump starting the dream. it sounds like his offshore experience is nil. Those of us who do big passages on small boats usually know what we are doing before we attemp it. I'm all for him going for it.
07-27-2012 05:07 PM
captainrizzo
Re: Cruising in a Hunter?

Quote:
Originally Posted by peterchech View Post
Uhhh it seems here that it's not the type of boat as much as the size that is being criticized. I don't think a Pearson triton would be any more suitable for the trip according to the comments here, so if you are taking everyone's advice than don't try this trip till you have the money for a 55 footer... Is that right posters?
I am guessing Matt Rutherford would disagree. He sailed 27,000 NM, solo, non-stop around the Americas in a 27' Albin Vega. Type of boat has way more to do with it than LOA.
07-27-2012 04:51 PM
TQA
Re: Cruising in a Hunter?

SOLUTION

1 Sell the Hunter.

2 Do the serious upwind, up current, against the swells that have built up in 3000 miles of open ocean bit in a big silver bird arriving in Trinidad.

3 Buy a boat in Trinidad. Here is a Tartan 34 for 20k asking. CLICKY

4 SAIL THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN NOW! Carpe Diem.
07-27-2012 10:09 AM
Paul_L
Re: Cruising in a Hunter?

The trip sounded fairly reasonable until you said 'cruise the eastern Caribbean'. Why not skip that and only deal with the western Carib? Leaving Canal to get N or E is tough. Typically people do it Nov, trying to beat the start of the tradewinds, or in mid-April to May trying to make the passage after the trades have slowed and before the hurricanes have started. You can leave Cristobal and head N to San Andreas, or for the Caymans. Then work N around the west end of Cuba toward the Keys.
We did Seattle to the Chesapeake over a 2 year run.
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