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Old 27-01-2014, 12:19   #91
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Re: What's the longest you've been continuously at sea

I started the whole qualitative commentary on the subject, beyond simply answering the original question so I'll throw in another $.02.

You can make the same long voyage three times and have dramatically different experiences. One trip you'll see not one whit of wildlife outside of sight of land except for flying fish. The next you'll be escorted by whales, dolphins and see all sort of interesting stuff. I guess my long boring voyage made me wary. That sort of makes me sad.
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Really??? You sailed through the entirety of French Polynesia without stopping? And then skipped Tonga and Fiji? I'm curious, why did you do that?
I'll bet money that chriss66 was working. Time is money on deliveries and if you have the weather you us it.

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And that is what sucks about sailing for a living. If you are on a walkabout, then what ever takes your interest, you can follow.
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Old 27-01-2014, 12:39   #94
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Does coming into dock at 5am pissed drunk count as an overnight? I mean technically I was out all night and the sun was rising when I came back to dock.
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Old 27-01-2014, 12:49   #95
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SimonV is correct. It was a delivery. If I was choosing the itinerary and the route I would have stopped at every atoll and gunkhole in the Pacific.
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Ten days on a liveaboard dive boat about 250 miles offshore Mexico; 44 hours straight on my boat from Santa Barbara to Pillar Point Harbor.
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120 days booming up oil on my fishing boat in Prince William Sound during the Exxon Valdez oil spill.


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14 Days Mindelo, Cape Verde to St Eustatius, Dutch Antilles, the second to last leg of a great trip from France to St Martin. Must say that we were kind of bummed when the reggae came over the FM radio; we were not ready for the passage to be over.

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Solo in 2000 - 32 days Mexico to Hiva Oa, Marquesas

Then, after I told my Mexican crew member in 2009 I believed we could do the passage in 27 days since "I'm a better sailor now":

It took 42 days to make the same trip. Why? In 2000 squalls were 'wall to wall' all the way through the convergence zone and otherwise had pretty good wind the whole way. If it weren't for the torn mainsail (leech to luff), a consequence of encountering my first squall at night, my first trip would have taken less than 32 days. In 2009, the squalls were mainly at night, infrequent and monsters. The rest of the time there was barely a breeze or windless.

Solo 2009, Nose Be, Madagascar to Durban 32 days... Mostly into southerly busters up from South Africa or becalmed in adverse current.

Don't much care for passages any more lasting more than ten days...
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32 days Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro (2 hands on board, 38' cat)
31 days Cabedelo (Brazil) to Man'o'War Bay (Tobago) (150' square rig, just sailing, no motoring at all)

continuously, right... both remarkable experiences...
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To me, the longer, the better. But one needs a long stretch of ocean for that, even in our smaller than normal boat.

And beyond that it can't be a fair winds passage. There must be calms or adverse conditions to sufficiently extend the voyage.

I hope for RSA to Perth one day (5000+ I think). I also believe RSA to Martinique direct could be fun (5500+ ?).

Next one coming up on my list is Guadeloupe to Canarias. Was not possible last time as we had a meeting set in the Azores. But I hope next time we will.

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I hope for RSA to Perth one day (5000+ I think). I also believe RSA to Martinique direct could be fun (5500+ ?).

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Really??? You sailed through the entirety of French Polynesia without stopping? And then skipped Tonga and Fiji? I'm curious, why did you do that?
Second longest trip was earlier this year... Antofagasta to Papeete directo..38 days. Not a paid delivery , but a delivery of my own boat to New Zealand for overhaul. About 10 days there, Moorea and Bora Bora, then 14 days to Tonga and about the same again from there to Unzud. I wasn't remotely interested in sight seeing.
Longest was going the other way in 2004.. 42 days Tauranga to Puerto Montt.

The Anto - Papeete run was notable for the emptiness of the sea until we got into the Tuamotus. About a week out ( and after getting clear of all the coastal traffic) we saw a solitary spanish fishing boat. After that the loom of a fishing boat's lights once ( nothing on AIS), most days a few tropic birds and a couple of boobies who were as interested in seeing us as we were in seeing them... nada mas.
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Re: What's the longest you've been continuously at sea

Well a great question for those wanna be blue water cruisers. 23 days is all we have managed - Mexico to Marquesas, but we had 22 from Hawaii to Port Townsend in Washington State. Our usual passages from Leaving Aus are 7 - 10 days and after day 3 it could be 33 or 303 once in the grove.

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;-)

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Oceans get too short when our boats get too long!

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