Originally Posted by aireflow
Thanks very much everyone.
That addresses my concerns. It can be done, with planning and care, and is not not recommended. Bash your details paint
the picture very well as to how it should be done. I'll definitely check out the Nordhaven and Passagemaker websites for indivual logs
. 10 hours or even 24 wouldn't be a problem, my thinking has been on much longer voyages such as Southern Africa
to the Caribbean
etc. No doubt a bit or arm twisting would get me at least one or two to come along. But when you got to go, you got to go.
Single-handing any cruising yacht is not dangerous or difficult if you do it correctly. I have single-handed a near 60ft sailing yacht for 10 years without problems including some seriously nasty stretches.
- - It all depends on how you set up the boat. A good (not Raymarine) autopilot
, like the one's ocean fishing
trawlers use can handle anything up to and including near hurricane
conditions. So steering
the boat is not a physical activity but a mental one. Good quality electronics
substitute for your additional crew and normally do a much better job as they don't need to eat, sleep or poop.
- - Cruising speeds can be twice or more what a sailing yacht can do so passage
times can be cut in half or more. I did a sailing passage
of 24 hours in only 15 hours in a Nordic
Tug - over night. In the comfortable, air conditioned cockpit/wheelhouse fatigue is slow to arise. Being outside in wind
and spray can really do a number on you physically, comparatively.
- - But with power yachts in the ocean passages, stability is a major factor in how much stress your body endures. So be sure that on a monohull
you have active stabilizers and on a cat something similar to minimize roll. Pitching is controlled by your cruising speed. Each power yacht has a "sweet speed" for each sea condition. Being able to set that speed minimizes pitch
enormously. Although the ride is not as good as the Queen Mary, it is a damn sight better than a sailing monohull
- - So pick your vessel carefully paying close attention to what it will do in the types of passages and seas you plan on traversing.