Dear boat buyer.
It is time to heave to.
I simply suggest that you rent a yacht with skipper
and thereby learn its way of hobby horsing, sail her feel her act. Feel her bad weather
performance. The balance with different sails
settings? If yacht is pounding into the waves, all due to a flat area in front of the keel
. Are the storm sails easy to work?
To see if the head
is actually working in bad weather
. You need to be relaxed in order to perform; otherwise you will have to puncture the urine bladder from the outside. It is absolutely imperative that your body is supported and that the contents of the ball doesn’t end up in your foul weather gear
stall is also important.
How will the yacht perform when added with a couple of tons of food
, spare parts
and so on.
First of all. European yachts are made for European weather and sea circumstances. There is a nearly perfect weather monitoring. The distances from England
isn’t all that long. And we have a great archipelago area.
I’ve seen the English channel
in full scale gale and that is not a pretty sight. A lot worse than the North Atlantic in the same winds. In English channel
it is possible to avoid bad weather by seeking shelter.
I’ve read the entire thread, and I won’t stick my head
out in the debate between monohull
I do however see a lack of true blue water
yachts. This means yachts that are affordable, and yet still big enough to be comfortable. This means that the hull
should have some weight for easy hobby horsing. One thing is quite clear you can’t copy a good sailing yacht in wood into GRP and believe it will perform like a wooden boat. I have heard about sailing yachts in the Biscay that had to remove the entire interior
in form of splinters. So the entire hull
is actually moving!! This in itself can trigger a rig problem.
and balanced rudder
will make it a lot easier for the helmsman. Since we are lazy by nature we will follow the trade
winds. That means downwind sailing, and course stability is essential. Some form of rudder
protection due to sleeping whales or hungry really big fish
We know today the strength of the GRP, and boats are built to withstand normal weather conditions. This makes the survival point comes closing in on us. I do not agree that yachts that turns over 45 degrees by wind
alone are suited for ocean sailing, regardless if they can do 30 NM downwind. The keel weight ratio, should in accordance with my thinking, be min. 45 percent. The roof top of a modern sailor is in many cases, almost all, not designed to cope with a breaker from a storm. Most of them aren’t adapted to hard wind
sailing. And the rigs aren’t adapted to possible weather and sea circumstances. When the mast
with double spreaders, starts to dance the hula-hula, when the bow is pounding into sea waves, something is awfully wrong.
I definitely believe that a yacht that is aimed for the high sea for a couple of years must be reinforced in the production line.
The mast must stand on deck
, for obvious reasons. However the gap between the keel and the deck
should be supported by solid steel
, for stability and prevention of lightning
All heavy things like the batteries should not be able to move in a upside down position. If they get loose they can cause severe damage or injury. Look out for windows and hatches that can be opened by pressure from inside. Control of glass pressure before it brakes.
Is there actually a point where you can fasten the life line, or does this place have to be reinforced?
Take a thirty foot line and fasten it between two trees. Put some form of scale in one end. Hang a weight on to you in form of 35 lbs. for whet foul weather gear
. Then through yourself against the line with full force. You will be amazed by the pressure that is created in the ends.
should produce 6 hp per ton DW. Good old English rule
In my view there is only one man that has grasped the problem fully, and his name was Colin Archer.
Some people might argue that his yachts are too slow. They aren’t slow if there is wind. The weight of these yachts is impressive and nearly 50 % is in keel weight. That combined with a huge Beam makes an excellent sailing yacht good for gale force. And I quite frankly do not give 10 cents on the dollar for having to worry all the time on a cruising event.
I’m desperately looking for a “high sea cruiser” 40-45 feet in length. So far I haven’t been able to find one.
If anyone that see this would like to go to the drawing board, I would like to suggest composite material
with GRP and aluminum
The taste is like the back divided. That is why I have written to Yachtworld.com in order to be able to make a better selection. I have requested that additional types, i.e. dry weight, beam and keel ratio should be possible search parameters. For sailing yachts this info should be mandatory.
Pls have a look sea at:
I’m sorry, but I do not think the developments in yacht industry are good for safe long distance cruising.