Since you are planning a circumnavigation
on yr 560, I just want to tell you on my experience on my Atlantic trip of 6 months and 14.000 nm on my Orana
44 ft that I completed a month ago;
-560 is way too big for singlehandling. Don't ever rely on yr friends that are supposed to join you. That was my biggest mistake and most of the time I had to sail with my wife alone..
-don't even think of going through south America
, pls do some more reading on this. It's not a jog..
-I took D400 wind generator
which is in my view the best in the market place and no solar
panel. Next time I will definately take a solar
. It's true that with the trades wind gen doesn't produce much but don't forget that it charges day and night in the anchorage if there is a bit of wind. The problem is that you need to watch it out continiously and there are just too many things to watch..Solar has no running parts
In any case you will need some kind of diesel generator
as well in such a big boat along with 1000 Ah battery
bank and a powerfull inverter
for yr 220 toys..
-basing on my 20.000 nm of cat experience mostly offshore
, I am not a big fan of high boom and this will definately cause you some extra problems. Nevertheless, if all of the rest with this boat is OK for you, you shouldn't give up simply because of this.
There is no perfect boat..
-The daily mileage on the Atlantic will depend a great deal on the wind you are going to have. With average winds I did Las Palmas-St Lucia in 17 days and Tortolla to Horta in 14 days with better winds. We mostly averaged 170-175 nm per day, never less than 135nm , and couple of days above 200 nm mark. With 560, you should be making at least 10-15 % more with similar winds, provided that you have an adequate rigging
for down wind sailing, ie. spinneaker, twin genoa
, genneaker, etc..
Lastly, Lagoon is about to announce a brand new 520. I would have a look to this model before I commit to 560.