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Old 09-08-2016, 11:11   #16
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It absolutely is possible to cross the Atlantic in a small trawler and in fact several have circled the globe. The first Atlantic crossing was in 1912 in a 35' power boat. I recommend reading Voyaging Under Power by Robert Beebe who also crossed the Atlantic in a trawler. Here's a link to a trans Atlantic rally for trawlers held by Nordhavn.

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If you value your life and the lives of your crew good luck crossing from the islands to Spain which is about 3500nm in any small boat with that range and zero reserve. Hey why don't you advise him to do a solo crossing in a small sailboat.
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Old 09-08-2016, 11:21   #18
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6 to 8 people...ARGH!
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Old 09-08-2016, 11:59   #19
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ok so no trans atlantic i am totally cause of the fuel costs got rid of that one
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If you value your life and the lives of your crew good luck crossing from the islands to Spain which is about 3500nm in any small boat with that range and zero reserve. Hey why don't you advise him to do a solo crossing in a small sailboat.
Nobody said it was without risk, but to label it impossible is just ignoring all the facts.
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I prefer to "live" in the real world. DON'T DO IT!
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Absolutely false, even in the price range he's talking about it's doable. Albeit with a load more cash the size range is quite doable.

For instance, Nordhavn 40, range @ 6 knots 3450 miles.

I also have a hunch this, if not currently capable would be able with a few gallons of tankage added 1980 Durbeck 50 Power Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
I'm in love with the Durbeck 50.
Doubt she could make a trans Atlantic fuel wise. The 671 is damn near indistructable, however Grey probably hasn't made one since WW II even though they developed it. They sold it to GM.
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I'm in love with the Durbeck 50.

Doubt she could make a trans Atlantic fuel wise. The 671 is damn near indistructable, however Grey probably hasn't made one since WW II even though they developed it. They sold it to GM.

To my eye it looks like the adaptation of a commercial hull, that could carry enough fuel for a trip like that.


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To my eye it looks like the adaptation of a commercial hull, that could carry enough fuel for a trip like that.


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OP, Please read "Voyaging Under Power" by Robert Beebe, Seven Seas Press 1975, before you make this decision.
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Actually there's a few trawlers made it across.. from the Caribe (SXM) to Flores is roughly 2300 miles.. allowing for currents.. though I would suggest you take the easier power route.. Beaufort/Morehead City to Bermuda.. Bermuda to Flores then through the islands before jumping off on the final 800 odd miles to Portugal.
That's the usual small powerboat route.. longest leg is the 1600 miles from Bermuda to Flores.. so anything with a range of 2000nm+ can do it in the right season.
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A guy I know came across the pacific here to Asia on his Selene 48 trawler, single screw but can engage his generator as a get me home back up. Another guy I met crossed from Thailand to Europe last year in his Diesel Duck trawler, also single screw but it has a very consevative sailing rig on it ( I think).
Keep in mind these trawlers can carry alot of additional fuel via bladders etc.

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I am thinking a 38ft catamaran would fit your needs. Do a Youtube search on ''sailing catamarans'' and I think you will like what you see. You would have to find a good deal to fit your budget but I believe you could do it. Cats have ''mucho'' living space. I like cats.
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Unless planning to cross oceans is part of your plan, definitely go with a powerboat. We'll probably make the switch in the next few years. Don't worry about the tank capacity, get the boat which best fits your lifestyle needs. The boat can easily be shipped on a freighter overseas when and if the time comes.

One important consideration, if you plan on spending most of your time in anchorages, make sure you're OK with the rocking motion of a trawler before you buy. No keel to stabilize the boat, a powercat will be a better choice if that's your plan.
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I met some people that have been all over in a single engine cruiser. It has a turbo John Deer and 5,000 gal of fuel. When not going long distances, one tank lasts a long time. They buy fuel when it's cheap, kind of like an investment. I think they might be headed for the med from the southwest caribbean. He said something about needing 3500 gal. for one passage. When I asked about the single engine thing, he when't on and on about clean fuel and his fuel system. The only engine problem he has ever had was a small water leak once.
Boat big enough to carry 5000 gal of fuel for 150-200K?
One of those thing makes you go hmmmmmm
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