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Old 19-08-2009, 13:18   #16
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I do not mean to show off in any way but for sake of accuracy the chart in the original post is a simple conic projection and not a mercator projection.

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Old 19-08-2009, 14:26   #17
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OK, thank you.

Any particular category of threads to start with?
You may want to take a look at the main (forum) index and start browsing.... Make sure you have a a very comfortable seating arrangement and a few cases of your favorite beverage alongside Be prepared to put up with a (large) number of us who have very strong opinions....

Seriously, several of the sailboat systems and engineering, navigation related topics could help you start visualizing what you are getting into

The appendix removal possibilities mentioned in another post is not too farfetched!

If I were in your shoes (and I glad I'm not, as I don't much like cold weather) I'd probably look into a metal hull (weren't you speaking of sailing way North, like Iceland?) I would skip Iceland and go the East coast, Bermuda, Azores route like most everyone else....

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Old 19-08-2009, 16:51   #18
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I would skip Iceland and go the East coast, Bermuda, Azores route like most everyone else....

Never thought of that route.

Not too familiar with routes yet or trade winds, etc. Still learning.

Is that a fairly common route?

I would very much consider it if it were to be much easier than the route I had planned.

Is there anywhere you know of where I could learn more about it?

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Old 19-08-2009, 17:26   #19
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Never thought of that route.

Not too familiar with routes yet or trade winds, etc. Still learning.

Is that a fairly common route?

I would very much consider it if it were to be much easier than the route I had planned.

Is there anywhere you know of where I could learn more about it?

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I found this link for you Questions about Sailing Routes in the North Atlantic|Offshore Sailboat Voyaging|Attainable Adventure Cruising|
Have a look at the North Atlantic crossings (West to East, picking a route across the Atlantic) it appears to have pretty good info. It's a good starting point anyway...

Enjoy!

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Old 19-08-2009, 21:29   #20
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World Cruising Routes by Jimmy Cornell would be a very worthwhile read for you.
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Old 19-08-2009, 22:20   #21
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Another good free resource to look at in considering the time & route you want to travel are the US Pilot Charts which you can dowload from www.nga.mil. Note they are a few megabytes for each month, so a broadband connection is useful.

Go to the site and look under Publications, then (by memory) use the different pull down menus > Atlas of Pilot Charts, > North Atlantic, > month required. Pilot charts tell you typical wind strengths & direction, wave heights, sea temperatures, etc.

Good stuff in understanding why people say travel particular routes and times. (Look at the key on each chart to understand the code ...)
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I do not mean to show off in any way but for sake of accuracy the chart in the original post is a simple conic projection and not a mercator projection.

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Ah ya big show off.............................................Ju st kidding
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You need to buy a 20 foot daysailor and sail that for a couple of years, then get a 24 foot weekender and sail that for a couple of years. Next buy yourself a 30 foot cruiser and cruise on that for three or four years. By that time you'll be able to answer your own question and will probably decide to postpone your trip until you have gained a bit more bluewater experience.

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You need to buy a 20 foot daysailor and sail that for a couple of years, then get a 24 foot weekender and sail that for a couple of years. Next buy yourself a 30 foot cruiser and cruise on that for three or four years. By that time you'll be able to answer your own question and will probably decide to postpone your trip until you have gained a bit more bluewater experience.

Good Luck !

I actually did decide to buy a 20 footer to start with.

However I don't think I'll be waiting 10 - 15 years or whatever before sailing the atlantic. I'm ok with a little risk
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Never thought of that route.

Not too familiar with routes yet or trade winds, etc. Still learning.

Is that a fairly common route?

I would very much consider it if it were to be much easier than the route I had planned.

Is there anywhere you know of where I could learn more about it?

Thanks,

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Your first post seemed to imply that you consider staying close to land the safest way to circumnavigate. That's a bad assumption for a number of reasons.

You really need to understand the prevailing winds and currents, and the possibility of encountering bad storms or no wind at all. Since humans have been sailing the oceans for centuries, the best ocean-crossing routes are pretty well-defined. Jimmy Cornell's book, The Atlantic Crossing Guide by Anne Hammick, and the Atlas of Pilot Charts are good references.
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I do not mean to show off in any way but for sake of accuracy the chart in the original post is a simple conic projection and not a mercator projection.

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I stand corrected.
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