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Old 18-12-2010, 23:38   #16
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Ben, as others have suggested, what you propose is a pretty arduous undertaking. It is completely unrealistic to set a time for the trip, even if you were an experienced voyager and had a well equipped and well shaken down yacht for the trip. A cruise of that length will entail too many as yet unknown factors (think wear and tear, storm damage, health issues, weather glitches and so on) to just say "100 mpd" or whatever. This sort of planning simply does not work over that long and complex a voyage.

If you are really interested in visiting your friends by boat, how about a trailer sailor, towed across the country and launched somewhere on the shores of Lake Michigan. You can still sail proudly into their home port, and even have a clue about when you will get there!

It's a lovely dream, so why not try to accomplish it in a way that has a better chance of success?

Good Luck with it, mate!

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Starting as a non boat owner newbie, I think it is a bad idea. All very well for the arm chair experts to say "go for it", but it isn't their life or their money at stake.
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Old 19-12-2010, 01:00   #17
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A better option for visiting your friends via boat: sail the boat to Hawaii. Send the Wisconsin friends plane tickets to Hawaii. Entertain them aboard for two weeks, then give them cab fare back to the airport.

This plan will cost you significantly less time AND money, and in the end you'll be in Hawaii rather than Wisconsin. And your friends will have had a far better time, I suspect, especially if they visit you during the winter months.

Ever been to Green Bay during the winter?
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Old 20-12-2010, 10:59   #18
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Thanks for the advice.
I really appreciate the help.

Just out of curiosity how did the old sailing ships plan to ship things long distance and deal with time tables (from what I have read I suspect that they didn't)?
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Old 20-12-2010, 11:10   #19
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Thanks for the advice.
I really appreciate the help.

Just out of curiosity how did the old sailing ships plan to ship things long distance and deal with time tables (from what I have read I suspect that they didn't)?
i think the sun dial didnt work so well, but i also believe there was no definite time schedule for the crossings-- we will get there when we can get there--- or die trying......
i can just see columbus now-- checking his wrist sundial and saying-- "we right on schedule boys-- pull a lil harder and see if we can make it there by month after next......"
sorry--i just couldnt resist---i think is rationale behind sailing time as opposed to regular peoples time.....
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Yes, what Zeehag said. The clippers would just get there as well as they could. In the old tea trade it was a race. First boat from China to London with the new crop got top dollar and made the big bucks. All the rest got market price.

NY to CA around the Horn was a trip of months and depending on weather at the Cape they could be delayed an extra month or more or possibly never get there at all.

Read "Two Years Before the Mast" by Richard Henry Dana if you want to find out what it was like. By the Dana Point in CA is named after him.
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i want the wrist sundial.
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Heading back, you could consider taking the Mississippi River south. It would certainly be shorter. I think you have to take the mast off to get from Chicago to the Mississippi. - not sure about that.
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