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Old 10-10-2016, 10:48   #1
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Cat crossing West to East

Hello mates,
I have been asked to deliver a Lagoon 45ish feet from Florida to the Mediterranen.
I have crossed the Pond twice, both times West to East, Caribbean to England and Caribbean to Italy with monohulls... the first time I stopped in Bermudas, the second I chose the 'direct' to the Azores.
Both times variable conitions were experienced and especially during the first crossing (the one with stop in Bermudas) we experienced a LOT of light light breezes. That is quite singular as having a boat with poor engine performances I headed pretty high North, around the 50s of Latitude where consistent Westerly should be expected...

Now the chance I ALWAYS tried to avoid is here to me: doing it with a cat...

Which strategy would you recommend?
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I took a L440 from Florida to Spain via the Azores in Feb 2014.. looped over the Bahama's then dropped SE to escape the N'lies.. rode E on some nice S'lies then N for the Azores..
Nothing drastic weather wise.. just boat and water issues.. it was a delivery.
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I don't understand your concerns. I did it with 12m cat and experienced force 8 & 9 between Bermuda and the Azores. No special routing and several monos took the same path.
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Re: Cat crossing West to East

It is perhaps lack of experience I recognize.
I sailed on L440's for two seasons now and I never really liked how they behave on choppy seas! Other catamarans I tried are capable of smoother rides. Those Lagoon 440 beating and banging on waves...
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