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Any advice for a circumnavigation

Hi all,
After some pretty serious thinking we have decided to keep our '81 psc 37 and finish our trip round the globe, leaving in 5 yrs. any advice on gear for the long passages?
I am going to rewpower, thinking Beta 35.
I have grays hatches which will go, I am planning to replace with new found metals ones.
I have an asymmetric, but no drifter
I need new tri sails
I have a drogue but no chute

Planning now, but I remember our trip to Australia in our allied sea wind- 1/2 the gear was great, 1/2 didn't matter at all.
We are planning the southern route.

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Re: Any advice for a circumnavigation

How sound is the standing rigging? Chainplates, knees, swages, etc.

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It is good, but I had to replace the two middle chain plates as they were cracking, and had spares for the rest made, which I will fit.
The existing rigging is 7mm or 9/32 except for the forestay, from the look. My surveyor questioned if it was too light. Is this what PSC specify, do you know?
I broke a forestay a week out of the Galapagos last trip, and never want to feel like that again!

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It is good, but I had to replace the two middle chain plates as they were cracking, and had spares for the rest made, which I will fit.
The existing rigging is 7mm or 9/32 except for the forestay, from the look. My surveyor questioned if it was too light. Is this what PSC specify, do you know?
I broke a forestay a week out of the Galapagos last trip, and never want to feel like that again!

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John


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A few notes

Thumper at Pacific Seacraft is a great resource for both information and to supply parts. They do a lot of refits of older Pacific Seacraft boats so he could let you know what they would typically use to re-rig a Crealock 37. I forget the size of the stainless wire that was on Crazy Fish but she is now rigged with Dyneema synthetic line.

I also would highly recommend some form of windvane. I have a Monitor which I just re-rigged for my tiller - replaced the wheel steering with a tiller earlier this year. I have been really happy with the Monitor and the tiller setup seems more logical then the wheel althought the wheel worked well.

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Re: Any advice for a circumnavigation

Hi,
I do have a Monitor - I think my Crealock is the 'circumnavigation package' with the lines led aft, though interestingly it was sloop rigged before I added a staysail.

A friend recommended a twin head stay (fore and aft) rig with twin Dacron foresails- he just went around on a different boat. I suspect that with how easily driven our boats are we have I might put a Yankee drifter on a spectra luff and just hoist it behind the Jenny for a bit of wing and wing sailing when needed. . I do have an asymmetric, but at night...

I have been thinking about heavy weather - with the piracy in the Indian Ocean we will likely be sailing Cocos to Mauritius and around the Cape. So I'm thinking a Jordan series drogue.

For a raft/dinghy I am considering a portland pudgy. When we had our life raft checked it didn't work. And they look cool.

BTW, I just put down money on a Beta 35. I am tired of my 30 year old, rusted and leaking Universal. I went with the 35 not the 38 as it revs at around the same as the old engine, and I like the lower rpm.

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Re: Any advice for a circumnavigation

John,
Highly recommend the Beta engine choice as I installed one in NiftyNickers in 2006 and have been very pleased with it.I opted for the 38 hp for the additional power to blast into headseas and have never regretted the choice.I believe that the 35 and the 38 are the same block with the same footprint and weight just a larger bore.The ease of routine maintenance is great and their customer service is exceptional and parts are available worldwide at any Kubota tractor dealer.I have no connection with Beta so am completely impartial.Good luck,
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Sounds great, I primarily went to Beta as the 1st port of call as the install should be most similar, but it is great to hear that they are easy to maintain too!

When you installed it did you upgrade the fuel separator or just go with the one they supply?

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Re: Any advice for a circumnavigation

I used the Racor 500 that came with the boat.I did install an AlgaeX unit in addition to the Racor at the time of the repower.

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