Originally Posted by Simon_Ivanov
What difficulties will we face?
Just think what it is like to sail in the North Atlantic at 57N in mid-winter - and it will be a bit worse because there is no gulf stream
to warm things up.
It will be cold and you will need a good heating
system and enough fuel
to be able to run it most of the time.
One thing to be aware of is condensation
I don't know the Hanse 545 very well. It appears to have cored decks but solid fiberglass hull
- is that correct? If so, you will have a lot of condensation
on the hull
insides - and should see what you can do about insulating them in some way - people use carpet or bubble wrap.
The frames of aluminum
ports and hatches also drip condensation. It is common to either screw very thin Plexiglas covers over the inside (I am not talking about storm covers on the outside) to create a 'heat trap' which eliminates the condensation. You can also use cling film and double sided tape - works well but does not look as nice.
The Hanse has a big rig - make sure you have deep reefs
and some good storm sails.
Going west around the horn is going upwind. So, your sails need to be in excellent shape, including when reefed.
is going to be brutal without a good size dodger
, but a cloth/stainless tube one might well get crushed by waves. Most of the regular boats down there have hard dodgers or pilot houses.
You need warm clothing
. Real seaboots (not yachting boots). The regulars down own there wear Dunlop Purofort Thermo+. Drysuits are excellent and better than the normal yachting foulwether gear
(note all the volvo
guys are wearing drysuits in the tough conditions). Gloves are hard - there is not really any perfect solution, so you just need a couple different kinds. Everyone has a different favorite hat - just make it warm and mostly water resistant.
I suspect when you get to Ushuaia and talk to folks about the options, you will decide to go up the channels rather than going outside. If you do the channels you need a big anchor
and 4 100m floating shore lines and a kelp cutting knife (serrated stainless knife mounted on a long [pole to cut kelp off the anchor
chain). It you do the channels in the winter, a small stainless plate mounted at the bow waterline would help prevent ice damage to the hull.
It would be very helpful to have someone on boat who spoke a little Spanish.
It is certaintly possible, but I hope you and your crew are tough, as it will be an adventure.