Hi again TDH;
I think what you're trying to do is awesome and I think you're smart to seek advice on here. Don't give up!! For me personally I couldn't do a transatlantic right away solo, but you're the best judge on whether you can or not. Is it a 44 foot boat that you are buying
? That's big. I liked one of the suggestions to get a skipper
and one other crew member
for at least a period of time. I think you could benefit greatly from a couple weeks with them before you go.
, I'm fitting out right now. I have a Raymarine
Chart Plotter at the helm
station. I'm buying
and will install one of the many marine navigation
applications and charts
on that as a backup, and I will hopefully use Open CPN
on my windows PC for planning. For communications
you basically have the two options of Satcom and SSB
(MF/HF). I'm still deciding myself. Having an aviation background I'm leaning towards the MF/HF as primary (I'm cheap) and the Satcom as backup/emergency.
There are a lot of judgemental people on these forums
who want to criticize but look they are just trying to make sure you're doing the right thing and doing it safely. Nobody wants to see you and your brand new boat get into trouble.
I priced out some deliveries to Australia
from BVI, Seychelles
and SE Asia
. I would estimate you're looking at about 12,000-15,000 USD to deliver Euro to Florida
. I can give you a contact that was recommended to me if you want to PM me. They were very responsive in providing quotes on various options. In the end, we got the boat in Malaysia
and decided just to go meet her.
I don't think you'll get insurance
for a single-handed trip across in January. Are you OK with no insurance? You have to think about liability as well not just losing the boat. If you thwack someone else you might be at fault. I know its a long shot but you never know. Its a big risk because you're personally liable if you have no insurance. Could ruin you.
We are on our way to meet our chariot. Just picking up some stuff in Singapore
and we arrive on Christmas
Eve. Good luck man I hope you realize your dreams!