I've never crossed the atlantic, but it may happen someday, If I were to, I'm not sure I would head
out as if it had never been done before. Commercial
ships practice weather
routing. We've come a long way since Columbus.
They didn't head
, because they couldn't...but who would want to for several weeks..
I'm not sure that I would head west to east into the North Atlantic Current
and the Gulf stream
... Why lose a knot
or two if you can perhaps gain those same knots by heading a further south before making east?
I would certainly consult the pilot charts
for timing and currents, and talk to as many people that I could who have made crossings. I would consider a weather
either paid, or some free guidance such as Herb Hilgenberg.
I would certainly want a sound vessel, with excellent safety
capabilites with some redundancy.
There's a ton of things to think about in an ocean voyage of any distance. Life rafts, epirbs, emergency steering
, on and on....I would do all the research
that I could.
Being prepared and having a plan is never wrong in my opinion.