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Old 21-03-2008, 14:13   #1
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Suitable Sailboat for a North Atlantic Crossing

Am looking at a 1998 Tartan 4100, tall rig, shoal keel to cross from Halifax to Oban in June month... Anything I'm missing on why this would not be a suitable craft? Will increase tankage along with other upgrades. Many thanks in advance for your comments.
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Old 21-03-2008, 14:19   #2
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Anything I'm missing on why this would not be a suitable craft?
I think for the most part Tartans are a well liked boat. Making some adjustments may or may not be required. I suppose it is more about what you intend to do when you get there than if it could make it. Even a 1998 boat needs a good going over in the rigging and sails just to find and potential problems.
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Am looking at a 1998 Tartan 4100, tall rig, shoal keel to cross from Halifax to Oban in June month... Anything I'm missing on why this would not be a suitable craft? Will increase tankage along with other upgrades. Many thanks in advance for your comments.
Have you done any open-water cruising previous to this ?
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Old 22-03-2008, 12:01   #4
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Have you done any open-water cruising previous to this ?
Have cruised the Great Lakes for ~40 yrs and Lake Superior the last 25 years from May to Mid November.
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For anyone who might poo poo the idea of Great Lakes sailing, don't forget the Edmund Fitzgerald. And as the title of Buddy Reid's blues album says...Lake Michigan Ain't No River.
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I think the Tartan is a good choice. A bit big for my tast but I think the craft, if in good shape, would be excellent.
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I do not question your skill and not your choice of boat but what about your timetable..? If I understand you do not have the boat yet, it is (end of) March, purchase, registry, outfitting, possibly upgrading sail-inventory appropriately, getting acquainted with a boat that you never sailed before in 2 1/2 months..? Imho borderline at best.
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I do not question your skill and not your choice of boat but what about your timetable..? If I understand you do not have the boat yet, it is (end of) March, purchase, registry, outfitting, possibly upgrading sail-inventory appropriately, getting acquainted with a boat that you never sailed before in 2 1/2 months..? Imho borderline at best.
Looking at following the ice out of Superior in 2010. Actually have heated storage for upgrades during the winter.
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Very good - carry on !
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Looking at following the ice out of Superior in 2010. Actually have heated storage for upgrades during the winter.
Well then it's enough time, I thought you were talking about purchase and crossing this year... Good Luck with your project.
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Re: Suitable Sailboat for a North Atlantic Crossing

Hi, So how was the trip?
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Hi, So how was the trip?
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Ended up purchasing a Mason 44 for the trip. The crossing did not go according to plan in that we were constrained to the 45th lat because of 4 major lows that passed to the north. We ended up about 300 nm from Spain before we could turn north. We headed north for four days and landed in Crosshaven, Ireland.

It was fortunate in that we were able to cruise the west side of Ireland. Very spectacular and no one out there. The most friendly people on the planet. So interested in our trip and who we are.

I recommend the capability to receive GRIB files as they kept us from getting our butts kicked. Without them we would have stayed on the great circle route to Oban and would have been in gales for most of the crossing.

Cheers and thanks for asking.
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Re: Suitable Sailboat for a North Atlantic Crossing

Mason 44 - great boat - I've just finished bringing one the other way over to BVI - developed a lot of confidence in her. Only thing I wasnt too fond of was the ergonomics of getting your body down the companionway whllst ducking your head under the dodger! Tony
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Mason 44 - great boat - I've just finished bringing one the other way over to BVI - developed a lot of confidence in her. Only thing I wasnt too fond of was the ergonomics of getting your body down the companionway whllst ducking your head under the dodger! Tony
I'm 6'4" and 240+ lbs. After going up and down a few 100 times it was no big deal. Our dodger was strong enough for me to hang on to and swing in.

I do like the massive headroom throughout in the Mason. It worked out comfortably for me.
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