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Old 22-09-2013, 05:55   #136
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Reading through these posts I have been convinced at several points that this is all just an elaborate leg pulling. But I'm not sure. If not, my guess is, best case scenario, you throw in the towel at some point and turn around. Best case. But I dearly hope that I am wrong and that I look like an idiot when you report that it was a challenging but enjoyable trip. I will welcome looking like an idiot in that case. If you actually do set out, I wish you all the luck in the world.

elaborate enough to maintain a blog, and then post videos on youtube?

anyway, we are in a 48' bluewater cruiser. short of ignoring the weather completely, running aground, hoisting the spinn in heavy winds, or trying to open a thruhull with a 10# sledge, we will be fine. we have a 6 man offshore life raft too.
now if we were in a 32' catalina, with rope for halyards i would worry.
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total AH in house bank will be 600 at 12 volts.
fridge will be an apartment size unit, no idea on the power usage yet.
but i am figuring on 60ah,
autopilot, 80 ah
lighting, 12ah
gps, radar, ect, 40ah
engine will need started twice a day to make a nice life for the batteries,
unless i get the Genny going before then.
Ehhh, if your batts are all the same age or close to it I would go ahead and replace them all at the same time. I did the replace the single bad cell trick and 4 months later the next one started to go.
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Old 22-09-2013, 07:56   #138
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Ehhh, if your batts are all the same age or close to it I would go ahead and replace them all at the same time. I did the replace the single bad cell trick and 4 months later the next one started to go.

well my thinking is, i will keep the one good 4D for the main engine starting battery. then build a new bank under the settee. i can fit 6, 6v, 225ah, batteries, just in there. that is the plan. that is also just in the cut out area. in reality, i have space on my yacht for about 60 batteries.
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well my thinking is, i will keep the one good 4D for the main engine starting battery. then build a new bank under the settee. i can fit 6, 6v, 225ah, batteries, just in there. that is the plan. that is also just in the cut out area. in reality, i have space on my yacht for about 60 batteries.
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Old 22-09-2013, 09:07   #140
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Freeboard?

not really an issue, fully laden with fuel, water and a full black tank, i still had over 8" to the top of my bottom paint.
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No... he wants $40/day for food and expenses...
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Old 22-09-2013, 09:35   #142
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No... he wants $40/day for food and expenses...

i hope to be under $400 a month for food and expenses..... not $40 a day.
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i hope to be under $400 a month for food and expenses..... not $40 a day.
That was supposed to be a witticism to Vasco's 'Freeboard'...
"No its not free... $40/day for food and board..."
Ahhh... fergit it... if ya gotta explain it aint funny...
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I'm with SardineBreath & Snore's deleted post on this one, I'm afraid to say. The boat & the blog may exist, but leaving the dock & all that goes with that appears to be fantasy or maybe delusional. Too bad since a lot of time invested by knowledgable & experienced boaters trying to help.

IMHO, of course, and FWIW . . . .
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I'm with SardineBreath & Snore's deleted post on this one, I'm afraid to say. The boat & the blog may exist, but leaving the dock & all that goes with that appears to be fantasy or maybe delusional. Too bad since a lot of time invested by knowledgable & experienced boaters trying to help.

IMHO, of course, and FWIW . . . .
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It will be easier to lead the horse.... they are heavy beasts.
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so. let me see if i have this worked out.

winds will blow north in November.

so what if i stop in Bermuda for a week on the way down?

i would be on a port tack, and be able to make great time to bermuda, 6 days or so, then head down to the keys from there. making transit time to the keys 12-16 days. then another 3-5 days up to tampa.

did i miss anything?
That is really ambitious.

As a fellow beginner in this let me tell you about my longest trip. We took 2 weeks and travelled north, in the ditch with a hop outside. Our furthest point was about 150nm actual, 131nm as the crow flies. We loved the trip and were hesitant to go home so we departed with basically 3 days to do the 150nm.

The first 2 ten hour days were fine as the wind was against us and not wanting to overnight offshore we stayed inside on the motor. On the third and final day the wind shifted and picked up and we were able to run at hull speed on the jib only. Great sailing and we only used the motor to pull into the slip. I remember pulling into our slip on that last day and going below to crash on my rack exhausted, sleeping with my hands sticking up like Han Solo in carbinite. We made great time but in the heavier wind the wife did not want to take the helm. This was in the ditch with a stiff 20knt wind and a bit of chop.

My suggestion is not to do passages that would obligate you to multiple days of taking a beating at the helm. It can be done but it will extract a toll.
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speaking of cape hatteras , I remember back when I was on the USS Intrepid, you could easily tell when you were off the cape by the seasick sailors. that was an aircraft carrier! the whole navy knows the cape.
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Thanks guys! I thought I was the only one to get erased off this thread for making a comment of the nature I did, which was not very nice on my part. But the moderator helped me see the error of my way and kindly redirected me to a higher path.
Sometimes it's difficult to take the high road. Especially with threads like this but it is entertaining and, if Darwin got it right, this won't last much longer.
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scoobert, really?
"16 on 4 off is a program for the B-2 bomber crew. "
Except that's mission-critical combat, life and death, and in combat you throw the safety margins out the window as needed. The bathroom on a B24 was a coffee can stowed under the seat, and the B52 crews used to carry a folding lounge chair because it helped their supposed maximum 52-hour in-air endurance.
And no one on a B-2 gets thrown around for two days and nights, literally thrown, by rough seas, while trying to physically manhandle sails and the helm.
Oh, btw, the coffee can has been replaced by the relief tube in combat aircraft, and diapers for astronauts on EVA.

Recreational sailing ain't combat sorties. We don't take routine fatalities as being normal or acceptable. Bluntly, If you do, expect your wife to leave you, assuming she survives the trip.
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