So, I'm attempting to get ready to cross the pond and want advice. My plan at the moment is to leave from Beaufort
, NC, to Lisbon, Portugal
, with stops in Bermuda
and the Azores
. I was planning on leaving the end of April/beginning of May depending on weather
My boat is a 1977 Cal
2-29. I just replaced the standing rigging
with new wire ropes upgraded from the original size specs and new turnbuckles. We have a registered 406mhz epirb
. No life raft, one inflatable dinghy
. Here are my concerns:
-I have a balanced spade rudder
. I know plenty of these have crossed oceans, I'm just wondering if there's any kind of reinforcement that people have done in the past or considerations to take in.
-On Cal's the deck
is supported by a compression
post that sits on a steel
beam. The steel
beam rusted away (as is typical) and was replaced by a fiberglass
column to the keel
. The compression
post where it meets the sole is showing signs of wear and creaks while hard on the wind
-No life raft.
Every cruiser I see in port with ocean experience I ask advice on this, and most have said the boat seems capable of the voyage and ready to go. The others suggested a standing rigging
upgrade (which I did, the last rig change was over 10 years ago).
As for me, I have three years of experience sailing in the Atlantic/Caribbean but I've never been in over 13ft seas and a consistent 30kts aside from squalls or at anchor
I'm asking for advice, concerns, encouragement, or the usual "don't do it." Thanks!