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Old 25-11-2012, 22:46   #61
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Re: Is it possible to go blue water in a 13 foot guppy?

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I have a 13 foot guppy pocket cabin cruiser sailboat, It has dual saltwater electric motors and 160 lbs of thrust. I have just installed a lightweight lithum battery pack and 180 watts of solar pannels that I built in to the top of the cabin. I beefed up the riging and the hull to handle heavier conditions. I was hoping to take on the coconut milk run in 2013. Do you think it would be crazy to try? I have sailed it around in lakes, but I have never taken to the ocean. It has a wide beam for it's length and is pretty stable in choppy waters. I would like to sail it to the Vava'u Island group in Tonga. I have heard that someone crossed the atlantic with one in the 70's. I was thinking it would be possible to make it if I had others nearby to help me if I got into trouble. any ideas?
Do it! Just stop talking about it. I will notify the judges for the darwin awards. That will save you a phone call. Dont worry about silly things like water makers and life rafts, they just make you a slave to society. All you need is a good fishhook and bucket to catch rain in. No problems. See you on the other side!
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It is quite possible to skydive once without a parachute. But it is not possible to skydive twice.
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Did you see the next vid of the 80 year old that slips out of the parachute almost reproving the point? Holy Moly!
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You mean skydive like this?

Maybe he should take one of those flying squirrel suits on his 13 footer. He could fly himself off the stern as a kite in windy weather. Might make a good sea anchor.
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Re: Is it possible to go blue water in a 13 foot guppy?

This couple are Caribbean regulars, though their boat has a two foot advantage over yours. Bet they have a whole lot more fun and less expense than many a cruiser, though.

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This couple are Caribbean regulars, though their boat has a two foot advantage over yours. Bet they have a whole lot more fun and less expense than many a cruiser, though.

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Actually I know a guy who has a sister to that boat, sans motor- only uses a ulah. Been to the Bahamas on numerous occasions. But unlike the OP he has a ton of experience. Anyone who knows him would crew with him in a heartbeat, if there was room!

Comes back to the point I made a few pages back- it is more the sailor than the boat.
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Re: Is it possible to go blue water in a 13 foot guppy?

Well.....there has to be a certain lower limit that even the best sailor can't breach. I believe the record for an ocean crossing is about 3 feet plus change...from memory, it's even mentioned on that link I gave.

Curmy, I tried that gliding thingy when I was about 6. I learned two things.

1. Polytarps tied to wrists & ankles give a poor glide ratio, somewhat lower than one of Lilienthal's designs, but still marginally better than a housebrick.

2. Flying is not dangerous. Landing, is dangerous.

Ok, three things.

3. Knitting needles are a must when wearing a plaster cast for any length of time.
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This couple are Caribbean regulars, though their boat has a two foot advantage over yours. Bet they have a whole lot more fun and less expense than many a cruiser, though.

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Can't be any worse an idea than rowing or paddling across an ocean. Now that is stupid imo.
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Re: Is it possible to go blue water in a 13 foot guppy?

Ed Gillet kayaked from SoCal to Hawaii. When he got there he said "I'm very glad I did it now that I'm here, but there were times during my trip when I thought it was a terrible mistake." and so may you too.
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Re: Is it possible to go blue water in a 13 foot guppy?

first up this post made me wonder if anyone had made a boat out of a coffin (googled it, couldn't find any), then i read someone in a 3'6" boat, crap thats only half a coffin !

wow, you must be a very resilient person to even think about such a thing.

edit: comparing this to a mono on a freeway is a bit out there, i have done 1000's of them without incident...
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Re: Is it possible to go blue water in a 13 foot guppy?

Hey,you could take along the Swedish girl who just advertised on this site? Apparently she is very small.
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Re: Is it possible to go blue water in a 13 foot guppy?

Let's get back to the data...

Bas Jan Ader tried sailing a Guppy 13 across the Atlantic. The boat was evenutally found "partially submerged" 150 miles off the coast of Ireland. Bas Jan Ader was not on it.

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Bas Jan Ader named his voyage ""In Search of the Miraculous"... perhaps a blue water passage on a Guppy 13 is only recommended if you are searching for a miracle?
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I have a 13 foot guppy pocket cabin cruiser sailboat, It has dual saltwater electric motors and 160 lbs of thrust. I have just installed a lightweight lithum battery pack and 180 watts of solar pannels that I built in to the top of the cabin. I beefed up the riging and the hull to handle heavier conditions. I was hoping to take on the coconut milk run in 2013. Do you think it would be crazy to try? I have sailed it around in lakes, but I have never taken to the ocean. It has a wide beam for it's length and is pretty stable in choppy waters. I would like to sail it to the Vava'u Island group in Tonga. I have heard that someone crossed the atlantic with one in the 70's. I was thinking it would be possible to make it if I had others nearby to help me if I got into trouble. any ideas?
Of course it's possible, and don't let any of these negative Nancy's discourage you. In many ways your boat is better prepared than any of the large boats. When the waves are high a small boat like yours will tend to ride on the peaks and troughs rather than span them as happens so often with many of the traditional seagoing boats. The ocean is cruel to those behemoths.

Your boat is less likely to require a large amount of wind to move it, and that makes it safer than the heavier full-keel sailboats because you will be able to keep moving in light airs, thus shortening the journey. One maxim I have always believed is that "a quick journey is a safe journey" simply because there is less chance of poor weather.

So yes, this boat should be up to the task. Some here will tell you take courses and practice; basically they are advising you to give up on your dream and whittle your life away, but you and I know that it is important to "just do it."
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