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View Poll Results: would you ocean cross in a dinghy
yes 9 21.95%
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yes but only if I was allowed to bring a kitten 4 9.76%
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Old 04-04-2009, 10:38   #1
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Pacific Ocean Crossing in a Dinghy

would you do it
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Old 04-04-2009, 10:39   #2
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Why subject myself to self-inflicted misery? Given that reason, no.
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Old 04-04-2009, 10:42   #3
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A dinghy? I wud on a small boat. A very small boat. But a dinghy
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Sure. One mans dinghy is another mans yacht.

As long as you have the seamanship skills...it should not matter the vessel.
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Is it just me or does anyone else think this question is silly, pointless and most likely just a troll?
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Is it just me or does anyone else think this question is silly, pointless and most likely just a troll?
Ok, so know we know you are the guy that voted for "Only with a kitten".

Besides, if you cant be silly and pointless in the scuttlebutt area, there is no where left to go except Congress.
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im not a mountain troll :kissy: lolz...
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Old 04-04-2009, 11:55   #8
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Its already been done. I voted "no" and my question would be why?

Oh, just to be clear, dinghies can be many different sizes but I suppose the question meant small dinghies, i. e. 10 to 12 footers?

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I hear laser makes good dinghys, but for 4 grand new a 1980's 27 footer could almost be aquired, but by dinghies I meant top of the line sailing dinghy's
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If my boat sank and finishing the crossing in a dingy was the key so my survival, yes I would. More likely I'd hit the eprib, even if I thought I could survive an entire ocean crossing.

Some great stories of people who have done such feats: Captain Bligh after he was set adrift. The three whale boats left after the sinking of the Essex. Hannes Lindemann crossing the Atlantic (not Pacific) in first a canoe, then a kayak. Then there's those crazy Atlantic Rowers who do a rowing race from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean every year. A few of them have rowed the Pacific as well. Rapheala le Gouvello who crossed the Atlantic on a windsurfer. Ed Gillette, didn't cross the entire Pacific, but California to Hawaii, in a kayak, is no small feat.

Sometimes I have thought it would fun to take an open boat to Bermuda or something just to have some idea of what those people went through, but always before I start making any plans I'm overcome by a wave of sanity.

One of the dory dinghys designed for sea fishing made by the companies in Maine or the Maratime Provences would probably be more suitable choice than a lazer type dinghy.
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I hear laser makes good dinghys, but for 4 grand new a 1980's 27 footer could almost be aquired, but by dinghies I meant top of the line sailing dinghy's
A Laser would be a bit unstable for a dinghy. I own one. You pretty much have to keep your weight right in the center (absence wind)...compared to a dinghy with inflatable sides where you can sit along the edge. A Laser in the ocean would not swamp...that's for sure. Life would be living hell though.
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So again, I am asking what you mean. A dinghy? Or a small boat. there have been many ocean crossings in very small boats. If I remember ight, a 16 footer with a couple on one.
So, do you mean a 10' walker bay? or do you mean a 10' pocket cruiser?
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I was looking at light weight boats that can be righted which brought up the topic, and most sailers im guessing would consider em dinghys something about the size of vessel jack sparrow takes off in at the end of worlds, pirates of the carribean III size.
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capsizing worries me and im guessing once they get over 450 pounds they wouldnt be rightable, but what do I know
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Ah, that make s adifference. While not light weight, the vessel that Jack Sparrow sailed into port would be capable of such a voyage. In fact, it is much like the vessel Captain Bligh was set off in. Would I? Probably.
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