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Old 18-11-2014, 17:56   #31
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Re: World Cruising with Hunter 23

I think wet feet posted here looking for advise and guidance.
If there are those who think he needs to re-think his plans, i.e. consider a different boat,then some positive criticism would be considered better than just slagging him off, at least he wont be left wondering why he bothered to post in the first place.
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Old 18-11-2014, 18:19   #32
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Great reply, guess I will have spend some of my IRA to buy a bigger boat. I am looking at a Ericson 30, would that work??
Good move..I'm happy to hear that...much better boat for Bluewater sailing!!
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Old 18-11-2014, 18:32   #33
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Old 18-11-2014, 18:42   #34
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Go for it...... check out this link Tinkerbelle, by Robert Manry : from Cleveland Memory.... if nothing else it is a great read
Also Tom Thumb was an open 28ft(I think, maybe smaller) Matthew Flinders sailed around Australia in the early 1800's
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Re: World Cruising with Hunter 23

I used to have a Heida 26
It was indestructible ( or seemed to be) and overall a safe capable boat
They were built in the 60's and 70's if you can find one they are very inexpensive. The glass on plywood deck is the weak point and tends to get punky


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Just bought a 1987 Hunter 23 wing keel boat to sail to Florida keys then to England. I am going to set it up for singlehand sailing and also do some modifications to the boat for the trip. Any ideas would be useful.
Did you say "Wet feet" ... I think you have the perfect name for offshore sailing in a 23 footer Put a tird reef line on your mainsail; get yourself a reliable self steering wind vane, don't rely on electric one as electricity on a 23 footer is likely to end up... wet & dead. Replace your standing rigging if yours is 10 years old or older... etc, etc, etc... Good luck.
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Old 19-11-2014, 15:27   #37
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Just bought a 1987 Hunter 23 wing keel boat to sail to Florida keys then to England. I am going to set it up for singlehand sailing and also do some modifications to the boat for the trip. Any ideas would be useful.
Also have a look at "The Minimalist Cruising Sailboat"
The Minimalist Cruising Sailboat | ruminations of a hobo
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I think wet feet posted here looking for advise and guidance.
If there are those who think he needs to re-think his plans, i.e. consider a different boat,then some positive criticism would be considered better than just slagging him off, at least he wont be left wondering why he bothered to post in the first place.
Ok, Nigel is right here. Perhaps if we've had some fun teasing wet feet it is because of the apparent danger of the dream. But seriously, the Hunter 23 you bought is a great first boat. You can learn a lot with it about weather, sailing, navigating, and of course maintenance. Taking that boat from Texas to Florida would be an achievable goal and, with prudence, won't risk your life. After you've sailed it a bit you'll understand more of what you're looking for in a boat to cross the Atlantic.
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Having owned a Hunter 23 for eight years...its a great lake, bay or weekender sailboat....MAYBE a trip to the Bahamas if you're a very experienced sail trimmer and you have the boat properly equipped ....but that's it....I hope this is a joke thread


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I personally pulled three dead people out of the ocean in a one-month period. The sea is no joke…and it's upsetting when people put themselves and others at risk thinking that they don't need to take the ocean seriously. And it's also upsetting when I see people encouraging it.
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I want to thank everyone that replied to this question. I have been sailing and racing for 40 years. I also buy and sell sailboats as a hobby. I have raced big boats on the ocean and seen the large waves, but most sailing is light air with smaller waves if you watch for the right weather. I hope this thread did not cause anyone to think this could be done by anyone new to sailing. Cost was not the issue but adventure is required, and this boat has what I think is desired for cheap fun South Florida sailing.
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and this boat has what I think is desired for cheap fun South Florida sailing.
I think your exactly right with that comment,
But the title to your thread is "World Cruising" not fun South Fl sailing?
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I want to thank everyone that replied to this question. I have been sailing and racing for 40 years. I also buy and sell sailboats as a hobby. I have raced big boats on the ocean and seen the large waves, but most sailing is light air with smaller waves if you watch for the right weather. I hope this thread did not cause anyone to think this could be done by anyone new to sailing. Cost was not the issue but adventure is required, and this boat has what I think is desired for cheap fun South Florida sailing.
Sailing alone the North Atlantic aboard a Hunter 23 would entitle the solo-mariner, if
1) He disappear during the passage &
2) He didn't have any children,
to the Darwin Awards i.e. the Awards that say "Thank you" for removing your genes for the global genes pool of humanity that's the way we all progress
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My idea ----- Don't go.hunters are not offshore boats


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