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Old 17-09-2011, 03:35   #1
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Hi all,7 years ago I was happy owner of 1975 Dufour 35 in NJ,USA.I am Polish and had come back to Poland,sold my beauty.Now the new owner wants to sell her back.My question what is the best time to cross AO from US to Europe and what is the best route?The new owner wants to get rid off the boat as soon as possible.
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Bermuda - Azores - Europe.
Best time.... May - June - July
But you could probably make a run before Christmas if you don't mind a few lumps...
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Thanks I would rather do it this year(cut the winter marina costs).As far as I know the boat is almost ready for longer trip.
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Thanks I would rather do it this year(cut the winter marina costs).As far as I know the boat is almost ready for longer trip.
Closing the north western Atlantic coast of Europe in late autumn or winter is like rolling dice. ( too much luck is needed) you want to get hit by the storms we've having this side nearly every weekend ??

This trip needs to be completed before end of august , preferably may-June otherwise it's a crap shoot.

We just had the end of Katia come through F10 13 metre waves of the Irish and Scottish Atlantic coast. The storm extended nearly 800 miles

Sure go for it ( lumpy isn't the word I'd use )

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I'm assuming he's looking at the Med... then if decided he he wanted it in N.Europe he could take her up the rivers/canals..
Tho' once in Portugal/Galicia... he could do planned/good weather legs...
folks have/do sail year round up that way...
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Thanks I would rather do it this year(cut the winter marina costs).As far as I know the boat is almost ready for longer trip.
Check towards the bottom here

Any time before November you might get clobbered by a hurricane.
Too windy for me in the winter, I did it last year carib -UK june - august.

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I'm assuming he's looking at the Med... then if decided he he wanted it in N.Europe he could take her up the rivers/canals..
Tho' once in Portugal/Galicia... he could do planned/good weather legs...
folks have/do sail year round up that way...
Huh canals to Poland in a dufour 35 not likely. At this stage leaving now or soon , say like mid October , even closing the portugeese coast is not without significant risk. Sure Azores med is certainly better then Azores Poland. ( mind you it would be probably cheaper keeping in a Marina in US rather then med.

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I want to end at Canarian Islands.
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I want to end at Canarian Islands.
Even better... NJ - Beaufort, NC - Bermuda - Azores - Madiera - Canaries.... see all the Islands on the way...
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Go to the Bahamas in October/November, then next May to Bermuda, Azores, and then Canaries
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.As far as I know the boat is almost ready for longer trip.
That doesn't sound good to me. You either know or you don't know. I think what you are saying is that you are "ASSuming" the boat is ready. Wrong attitude to take when crossing the Atlantic in the winter.
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No problems, just check your weather window to get away from US coast after that it's ok. I'm going cruising from Azores to Canary in November..
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If you go the NJ->Bermuda->Azores route, you should be able to make each leg with a good weather forecast, minimizing chances of getting running into a severe storm. I assume you will have a SSB receiver and be able to monitor the offshore weather reports as you go.
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I just spoke with friend of mine who keep his boat in the same marina.He is going to check the boat,but in his opinion would be better to wait till spring and make the boat ready for sure.By the way do any one know what is the best and cheapest place to keep the boat in southern Europe.
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Thanks I would rather do it this year(cut the winter marina costs).As far as I know the boat is almost ready for longer trip.
But have you not read what boatman61 said?

Do it June / July via Bermuda and Azores. From the Azores to Canary Islands is an easy sail that can be done in July/September or even later. You can also go via the continent if you want to end up in Canary Islands later and see more.

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