As far as I knew it was pretty much all with the wind and current
Thats not to say we wont ever be stuck on a lee shore, or need to beat to avoid a storm. A boat that struggles to weather
is not a safe one IMO.
I like to shower
every day, and with modest tankage around the QLD coast that wont be a problem as water is easy to get. However on a trip like this I would rather shower in salt water
than buy a $7000 water maker. I would probably carry the cheapest hand held one possible just in case.
I grew up cruising on 25 foot trailer sailer where our small bladder would last 3 people 3 weeks.. Fresh water was for drinking ONLY. You washed dishes in salt water
and you never felt dirty as you swam in the ocean daily. Running out of clean clothes was a problem though, we normally just used rain to fill up a bucket and used that to wash clothes and top up our water.
The only prob I can see is a build up of dirty clothes and towels on a long trip. Does anyone here hand wash their clothes in salt
water and how do they turn out?
I am fine with not using power too. I will be saving it for the autopilot
and radar. I would get new batteries and ensure the engine charging
and alternative systems are up to scratch. Most of the boats I have been looking at will cruise
at a minimum of 6-7K, but this NA40 will do 10K with its 50hp engine! So I guess its fuel consumption
at 7K would be about 1/2 gallon per hour? Giving a 840mile range with 60G. Thats why I asked how many miles of fuel you should aim for as a volume is pointless given some heavier boats would use much more and go half as far on the same amount of fuel.
I am not rushing into this, I wont be doing anything for around a year. Just doing research