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Old 18-09-2010, 22:11   #151
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One of my dreams, would be to travel all thru history at my liesure to see what actually happened for the first swirl of matter in the universe to the present. In 1968 I was 34 years old and Moitessier was 43. I was very intriqued by the Golden Globe race and followed all the participants. I was very inspired and built a 50 foot cutter yawl the DAEDALUS, with one beautiful helper in Santa Barbara. I actually copied the basic hull from a book of model sailboats. I still have one 30" model and the book and have recently sold my wonderful 50 ft. model which I singlehanded for over 25 years. I only had a month or so of previous experience prior to early 1975 when I started and launched on Aug. 23 1977. I did not know a 50 ft 23 ton boat was difficult to singlehand. It seemed most everyone has all these complex ideas about saling. I sailed the entire West coast several times then thru the Panama Canal with my loving mostly seasick Bride to Gulf Shores Alabama. A sailing paradise. The USCG certified the DAEDALUS for 22 passengers and I successfully chartered singlehanded for over 15 years. Of course I had gorgeous crew member to keep the passengers happy. My old bones got a bit tired tired, so now I have a beautiful fast Rob Roy 23, that I modified to a cutter yawl all roller furlling with a self tending roller furling staysil So, you folks out there gotta know it isn't the size of the boat it's how much you love her. I think somewhere back there I digressed a bit. attached is a Map from Wikipedia of Moitessier circumnavigation. Note where he was in April 1969.
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Old 19-09-2010, 00:40   #152
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Okay, back up folks. The first one to cross his outbound was the English chef in his trimaran, which was literally falling into pieces. He had to abandon those pieces and be picked up or drown. The second to cross his outbound was Moitessier in his fattish double ender steel Joshua [which I saw in Port Townsend some years after the Cabo fiasco, with the dents still in her bows]. But Moitessier was more than a bit peculiar. He did not need the money, he did not want the acclaim, he just decided that Tahiti was better than London and the Queen and the crowds. [Duhhh] Read his book, and Knox-Johnston's. So Robin, in his very fat double ender, became the winner, though they all thought they were losing to Crowhurst with his false position reports. And do you all know what Knox Johnston did with his prize money? Not too many of his cut left in the world. All we have now is money grubbing, fame chasing half wits who sail for the green backs.
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Old 20-09-2010, 00:20   #153
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Back to topic & @ SouthernSpeed:
After reading through this entire thread, with lots of intelligent and helpful postings by obviously experienced sailors - none of which you seemed to really appreciate or like,.... I just came across the perfect boat for you!
1985 Custom Sloop Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

(I personally think you have been pulling our legs here, . for the simple reason that anyone only remotely considering to circum, solo, southern route (!) - would (should?!) have enough experience with the boating circuit NOT to ask the questions you have been asking.
...my2cents...)
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Old 20-09-2010, 08:21   #154
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Not really. A boat with wings like that will catch the water if broached. And boats do broach out there.

I think what the Brit dude Knox Johnson had is OK if hell uncomfortable.

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Old 20-09-2010, 10:36   #155
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If someone out there is looking for a comfortable boat, or even somewhat comfy, forget it. As I passed the Love Boat cruise ship taking swells over the bow, I thought how much money the line was saving on breakfast that morning. We were heading South toward Turtle Bay Baja, which later I surfed into the entrance. I honestly didn't think it was a bad day. I wasn't cold and I was dry. I have videos of that intereresting morning. At dawn prior to the Love Boat Her Majesties Private yacht accompanied by, what looked like two WW 1 destroyers were passing North. I spoke with The Brittanica and the British are so damn polite they did not correct me. They said this is "Britanica, Daedalus gohead" (The name is HMS Brittania)... I honestly don't know how she is spelled..!! An hour or so later the Love boat hailed me on 1 mile Vhf and asked which way or where was HMS 1? I described their location, realizing that all that politeness may have been for security purposes. Anyway, I read later that they all joined up in San Fransco Bay for an event. We spent 5 day socked in at Turtle Bay. If I were a couple hours later, this tired guy would have had to head on down to Magdelena Bay or hove to on his 50' 23 ton Deadalus. I have all this except the surfing part on vhs video. It was a big old RCA camera with a suitcase for the batteries. Times do change...
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A Camper Ncholson 32....Legendary boat for voyages
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Old 09-11-2010, 08:39   #157
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Right on omaho5, that is a great boat!
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A Tartan 34 and a survey before buying it. 5 Years sailing with lessons, and read everything you can about sailing and seamanship. Next go chase your dream but understand your still not ready. No one is ever completely ready. Most just know more then others but never know enough or circumnavigate the world by way of dumb luck.
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