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Old 22-04-2016, 06:44   #46
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Re: Great Loop

I can't speak for a particular model for off shore, other than perhaps that Nordhavens specialize in seaworthiness. I checked with my wife, and she confirmed that the only trawlers other than our own (44' steel hull, 60,000#) that we saw in seven weeks in the Bahamas were big ones - we were about the smallest out there. The vast majority were sailers or motor sailers, with large cruisers thrown in. Doing the loop, with minimum height being an advantage given the bridges (29 between Miami and Lake Worth that we would have had to wait to open, we're 28' vertically, if we didn't go off shore) and off shore cruising are different design goals.

Another aside - Have you considered your insurance? Ours (Markel) would not give us a Bahamas endorsement until we had logged many hours in coastal off shore.
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There is an outstanding article about Dave and Bobbi FORSMAN, PILGRIM 40 owners "Liberty" https://pilgrimliberty.wordpress.com/

in the new Passagemaker magazine (May/June 2016).

It is a great Tribute to be in the top shelf magazine!

We admire their excellent and hard work. We are so honored to have Bobbi and Dave as our Ambassadors of those magnificent PILGRIMS.

Their engagement, skills and contributions to the boating community are laudable.

We are so proud to be PILGRIM owner and member of this Group!
Kudos!

I am quite impressed with his professional career accomplishment, Dave was Senior Lecturer in Engineering at at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

Dave got his B.S. in Engineering Technology from the Pennsylvania State University and his M.E. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from SUNY at Buffalo.

He has been involved with engineering computer analysis since 1974. He has extensive experience in teaching Computer Graphics, Programming, CAD, and Rapid Prototyping.

FORSMAN Home page (on psu.edu)

Mostly, I am quite inspired with his problem analysis during his Pilgrim 40 maintenance and upgrade projects:

http://www.personal.psu.edu/faculty/...oject_Page.htm

Other members and I have benefited from learned advices and he certainly won my admiration for his engagement to the Pilgrim community.
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The Ranger Tug would be a very good boat for the Great Loop. Not sure what I would recommend over the trawler type boats.

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We did loop in powercat Aquila 48--awesome--
several PDQ's for sale--41 is a wonderful boat--
just go--just have fun. Don't rush and always be nice. Seven months is a long time but so woth ut with right planning and attitude!
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We did loop in powercat Aquila 48--awesome--
several PDQ's for sale--41 is a wonderful boat--
just go--just have fun. Don't rush and always be nice. Seven months is a long time but so woth ut with right planning and attitude!
I fully agree with Sola Bear, the PDQ is one of the most polyvalent vessel to do the Great Loop. They are stable, fast and comfortable.



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