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Old 20-06-2017, 00:59   #1
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Small boat (Beneteau First 18) from Gibraltar to the Canaries?

I am considering a trailarable boat for lake and some Mediterranean coastal cruising. Any idea that this size (e.g. a Beneteau First 18 ) could make a Gibraltar to Canaries passage?

Any legal hiccups? I suppose I have to register the boat under the flag of a "liberal" jurisdiction too, beyond technical questions.

Quick search shows <20' boats are not unheard of on tha high seas: Sailor Completes an Atlantic Crossing in a 16-Foot Boat - Sail Magazine
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Re: Small boat (Beneteau First 18) from Gibraltar to the Canaries?

The B18 is a dinghy with a lid on it and not suitable for a 5-6 day crossing in a busy waterway.

There are a lot of more suitable yachts you could choose for this journey.

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Re: Small boat (Beneteau First 18) from Gibraltar to the Canaries?

I'd choose something other than a Bene 18.. have taken 21 and 22ftrs across the Biscay non stop from the UK but they were sturdier boats.. 4' 6" headroom and storage space.
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Re: Small boat (Beneteau First 18) from Gibraltar to the Canaries?

Thanks, started to realize that. Unfortunately I can't go for a real ocean-going 45'-er, because I work in the middle of the continent (lots of nice lakes!) and limited to a self-launch trailerable solution.

However, "trailerable" has some more room once I get the BE license, I am eyeing the First 235 and First Class 8 now. Neither are ocean-crossers but both are definitely more than the First 18.

I know, the swing-keel is also not the best solution, but the FC8 with that 1.8m swing might not be that bad.
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