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Old 11-02-2015, 17:47   #1
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pirate Sailing a 41 herreshoff, built 1929 from Maine to Australia, via Mediterranean

We are buying a classic 41 foot Herreshoff, built 1929 . the boat is in very good condition, being prepared for the voyage as we speak. The surveyor is very experienced and is waiting for the weather to warm for the final hull inspection.
I would like some input as to which route I should be planing for to the initial leg to Europe.

Thanks for any input.
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Old 11-02-2015, 21:16   #2
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It would only be polite to post photos of your classic beast. I would presume there have been some updates since 29 so that you don,t need a large crew and a hold full of slaves to trade. Also without hearing your story to date would not a coastal cruise south be prudent before a long passage? The trades from June/ July to the Azores and then across to Portugal and into the Med or, as you are in Maine taking the iceberg route and a season in the UK. Fair Winds. Jim and Barbara
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Old 12-02-2015, 00:40   #3
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Re: Sailing a 41 herreshoff, built 1929 from Maine to Australia, via Mediterranean

Orsandro,

Pics would be nice.

Some of here have difficulty offering advice to people of unknown experience and fitness. So I'll keep quiet, and only question whether you then planned to leave the Med on the old sailing routes and head via Brazil to South Africa or if you plan to brave the canal and pirates?

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Old 12-02-2015, 08:16   #4
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Re: Sailing a 41 herreshoff, built 1929 from Maine to Australia, via Mediterranean

am I right that her name is ALBACORE ?
She 's a really beauty - so you 're a lucky owner...
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Sailing a 41 herreshoff, built 1929 from Maine to Australia, via Mediterranean

While I am a tad light on offshore, my geography is pretty good.

Routing from the U.S. to Oz via the Med puts you going through the Red Sea - passing some of the most politically unstable areas in the world. I mean the CIA just pulled out of Yemen!

You sure you don't want to wait and round the cape???
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Re: Sailing a 41 herreshoff, built 1929 from Maine to Australia, via Mediterranean

I recommend you pick up a copy of Jimmy Cornell's World Cruising Routes...Admiralty Charts and Sailing Directions and various other pubs.
Good Luck...
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Re: Sailing a 41 herreshoff, built 1929 from Maine to Australia, via Mediterranean

There's an old saying: "If there's anything wrong with your boat, the sea will find it out".

Personally, I'd do a season in Maine/ New England/ Bay of Fundy/ Nova Scotia etc. before doing a transatlantic on an unfamiliar 85 year old wooden boat. Test out the boat, test out your systems, equipment and test yourselves.
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Re: Sailing a 41 herreshoff, built 1929 from Maine to Australia, via Mediterranean

Here's an interesting way to visualize a route. It's the earth wind map.


earth :: an animated map of global wind, weather, and ocean conditions
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Here's some pics of Albacore. Truly a beautiful & historic ketch.


“Albacore” – 41′ Herreshoff Auxiliary Ketch – 1929 – $239,000 | David Jones Yacht Brokerage
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Did you see the cover of Ocean Navigator in this link? Article title of "Knife to the Throat- Pirate Attack in Yemen".... now is that irony or just a coincidence?

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Re: Sailing a 41 herreshoff, built 1929 from Maine to Australia, via Mediterranean

If you decide on the norther routes would suggest early rather than late season. Of late it seams more extra tropical storms seam to be following the gulf stream from the Caribbean and pounding UK and northern areas from August. May to mid July seams much better
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Or is it a sign, don't take that route! There's a lot of cool boats for sale on that site.
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Re: Sailing a 41 herreshoff, built 1929 from Maine to Australia, via Mediterranean

Very Nice. Monel fastenings. Sounds good, I always worry about old wooden boats, and have had a couple of frights, the last one being looking for a leak and seeing the whole rudder post swaying with every swell and a little spurt of water coming through each time! But she sounds like shes been rebuilt properly. I'd not trust the single forestay to the bowsprit offshore, better to set up some sort of inner forestay to the stem while deepsea.

Also the herrreshoff offset hatch is a bit of a liability in a knockdown so make sure it's shut in squally conditions, still we have survived for years on my folks Mobjack with the same setup.

Maybe see you down here in Hobart for the wooden boat show in 2017?

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