I don't want to be a wet blanket but....
You can buy an S&S 34 for $50k, spend another $30k on outfitting, and be sure of making it. And averageing 6-7 knots overall, you are not far off the Ave
speed of the clippers. You will also get your money
Do any here, seriously considering or recommending a 60 footer for a solo circumnatigation, ask this question: Do you want to race
? Sure, an Open 60 will race
, but you have to be a bit mad to consider it for pleasure. These boats, all 30 tons of them, will plane in 20 knots of wind. These Whitbread type boats cost a fortune to run. You have to run the gen set 24 hrs a day to run the hydraulics and electronics
. Has anyone ever tried to do a solo sail change on one of these? I crewed on a Volvo
60 from Capetown to Sydney
. It took five guys to swap the genny for a stormsail. We were surfing out of control at 25 knots and heeling at 40 degrees at the time, with 2 feet of water
in the bilge
. And some days we were doing a dozen sail changes a day, because if you dont keep the power out of the sails
in those seas, you will die. At one stage were her doing 15 knots bare masted, with everything tossed astern, sheets
, sea anchors etc. You have to slow down to be slower than the speed of the swells. If you don't let them catch up and slide under you, its like taking off a 50 foot wave on your surfboard on at Sunset Beach. You will simply go over the falls and pitchfork maybe two to three times. So speed is the killer in those waters. Go slow and live.
on a 60 are bigger than a 12 meter and if you tear one its $60k. A new mast
is the cost of a decent house.
We regularly send out a Navy
frigate to rescue
solo yachtsmen from the Southern Ocean at a cost of $3m a time. Right now, racing, you have about a one in three chance of not ending up upside down at some stage, while if you are in a smaller, full keel displacement
boat, you will bog around like a cork and probably see your children
I think that if anyone is considering such a trip, who has not done it before on a crewed yacht, then do so first. And if anyone says, "oh, I'll keep away from the southern ocean", well, any circumnavigation
must go below the three capes...the Horn, Good Hope and Howe and at 40 degrees or lower. Its exciting for a half day or so but you are looking a 3+ months in those latitudes.
I've done it twice and I've done five Sydney
to Hobarts. I'm available to anyone who wants to know what its like and how to survive it. No polish on this apple, just reality.