Originally Posted by ironworker
i know this is going to be a very slow boat im in no hurry. What i want is a safe boat in the middle of the ocean that can take a beaten and i think ive got it.
Trobridge was an admirable sailor with an interesting life.
Here is a clip about the original white seal with miles on the circ and average speed and sail sq ft.
"Thus, Gerry Trobridge in his dream boat, White Seal, became the
first South African to circumnavigate in a small yacht, and the first to
leave Durban and go around.(7)
White Seal proved to be a superb sea boat, easy to handle, dry and
comfortable of motion, roomy and able to carry astonishing stores of
and supplies as much as six months' supply for four people.
She was fairly fast up to seven or eight knots under the best of
conditions (but carried an enormous cloud of sail, almost 1,200
square feet with everything flying). She was a gentle lady in a follow-
ing sea, or hove-to, or even lying at anchor
in a breeze. The mild steel
used in the hull
was of South African manufacture and proved to be
completely practical and immensely strong in the face of sometimes
crashing seas and occasional groundings. There was little difficulty
with rust and corrosion
, the only protection ever given the hull
and zinc sacrifice plates.
White Seal's accident-free, 63,000-mile circumnavigation
course, was due not only to ordinary good luck, but also to the
ingenuity and skill with mechanical things, and the inherent good
judgment of the skipper
. His philosophy was: Keep it simple, and
you won't have to fix it."
Source: The Circumnavigators - by Don Holm - Chapter 20