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Old 23-08-2010, 22:26   #1
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Have You Been 'Round Cape Horn or Made the Cruse to Panjia ?

If you have been a cruse on your own boat or as the crew of a yacht I would like your thoughts on a boat that has made my short list of possible builds.

Shearwater 39 classic cruiser

She is the Dudley Dix Shearwater 39 Excursion Schooner, Layout "A".

I would be putting a regenerative electric drive in her if I build her and a generator to provide power when sailing isn't an option and lack of drive is an even worse option. The front bunk/state room is going to go, I would likely turn the space into a locker and giving me that much more space for the head .

So if you have done it, I am begging for your thoughts. If you have ever cruised the arctic ocean I would love to hear from you too.

Out side of my dream of RTW via Pacific south, Atlantic north. The boat would be used for long distance coastal runs and occasional jaunts from the shore to Tahiti in the Pacific and the Falklands in the Atlantic. The boat I build will be seeing the sea miles but won't be spending much more than a week in the blue water at a time.
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Old 24-08-2010, 07:21   #2
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Help me out here . . . what/where do you mean by cruise to "Panjia"?? Is that from a song?? We have been round the horn and to the arctic and most other places, but I have no idea where you mean with "Panjia". With google, I can find Panjia's in China and Bangladesh, but neither are places you could get a boat to.

Regarding the Shearwater. She could do the job. The design is not particularly my cup of tea, and I think a schooner rig on a 39'er is a bit of overkill, and I think a simple diesel motor would be better than the regenerative drive, but she can certainly get you there and back. More important for overall success than the boat design are #1 that you are competent, and #2 that the boat is well built.

". . . from the shore to Tahiti in the Pacific. The boat . . . won't be spending much more than a week in the blue water at a time"

A small aside . . . Tahiti is quite far out in the pacific - typically +20 some days at sea and sometimes 30 days on a slow weather pattern.
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Pangaea was a large super-continent, that split up about 200 million years ago.
Even as long & far as you’ve been out cruising, it’s unlikely that you’ve been there, Evans.

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Pangaea was a large super-continent, that split up about 200 million years ago.
Even as long & far as youíve been out cruising, itís unlikely that youíve been there, Evans.

Pangea Continent Map - Continental Drift - Supercontinent

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200 million years ago? Nah, 10,000, at most.
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200 million years ago . . .
Hmmm . . . sounds like Thorin needs a DeLorean, rather than the Shearwater, to do some time-travel cruising.
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Hmmm . . . sounds like Thorin needs a DeLorean, rather than the Shearwater, to do some time-travel cruising.
Well, a Mr. Fusion would make the energy budget onboard fairly trivial....
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Well, a Mr. Fusion would make the energy budget onboard fairly trivial....

That's about the last place I'd be putting my beer though
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That's about the last place I'd be putting my beer though

AFTER you drink it, silly!
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I think Richard Henry Dana referred to eastern South America as Pangea if I'm not mistaken.
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I have never sailed one, but the Shearwater is sure a beautiful boat. See here for more info: Shearwater 39 - SailNet Community
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Sorry for the miss-direction caused by my poor spelling skills. Yes, I was referring to "Pangea" and as Rebel Heart brought out the south eastern coastline of South America. I had seen it referred to as such in other posts and went so far as to assume that it was a common term for the area used by the cruising community. Well I get at least part of what they say about assuming is true cause I seem to have made an ass of myself! Lol.

As for Tahiti... I have never been so I didn't know off hand it takes a month on the deep blue to get there. Guess I should spend more time with my maps!

A Schooner having more sail than one needs on a 39 foot boat I guess is true but it's not so much about the amount of sail as it is "the way she scoons" and the look of the boat. You can take in the sail you don't need. I think the best looking boats on the water are all schooners.
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If you have the time please go to this thread and tell me what your thoughts are on these boats and why.

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