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Old 15-07-2014, 10:58   #241
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Re: How Many Have Sailed Offshore

15,000 nm and counting - Washington state to Mexico to South Pacific. Sold boat in New Zealand to Australians. Boat now in Turkey so still going strong (Whitby 42). Just bought new 1981 Goldenwave 42 to start over again.

My experience - tons of people out there, many multiple times, and/or just do it all the time (literally). Percentage of population is small but hundreds out at any given time. Some go out a hundred miles and hang it up. Some hang it up after going to Mexico and hating it, or the spouse hates it, or they run out of money, or they get bored, or don't like boat maintenance and fixing the boat.

We loved it 99% of the time. Don't have any fear of going out but have tons of respect for Mother Nature. Not for everyone but it is for many. There are tons of armchair sailors though, and many are free to give "expert" advice, and in a way it is hard to tell unless you ask them point blank. Many of the best and longest cruisers don't bother with websites like this. In Anacortes you run into current and ex sailors, many who rounded this planet, and many more who have only gone to Mexico and/or Alaska. Both of those are "coastal" cruising but respectable voyages in their own right. Being 1000nm out is definitely a game changer though. We loved it but weren't sure until we actually did it. You won't either.
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Old 15-07-2014, 14:22   #242
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Re: How Many Have Sailed Offshore

Just over 2,000 NM in salt water on two Atlantic deliveries and an RYA course. Neptune knows how many more I've done sailing around freshwater Lake Ontario, but it's a bigger number.

Can't wait to cross the Atlantic on my own keel.
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Old 15-07-2014, 20:12   #243
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Yep... Phil
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Old 28-07-2014, 14:41   #244
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While my distances sailing solo do not by any means compare to his, I share Slocum's habit of setting the sails and letting the vessel sail herself while I read or do chores.
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Old 28-07-2014, 17:51   #245
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This has been a troublesome thread. The OP meant to embarrass the critics of Rebel Heart's voyage. Not sure if it worked out for him satisfaction-wise. Don't really get why he bothered. You sail or ya don't. Who cares?
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Old 29-07-2014, 02:00   #246
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Re: How Many Have Sailed Offshore

Yes

We are shell backs and have 80,000 nms under the keel. 9000 miles to windward when we sailed from Australia to Alaska better than the down wind run back as there were no settled trades.

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220..maybe 230 nautical miles was the furthest I got offshore during my lone passage so far (roughly 800 NM total)
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