Originally Posted by Cyber1
I am considering purchasing
a 52 Endeavor. If I do I will be sailing her from the Florida
keys thru the Panama canal then north to San Diego
Any pro or con regarding the Endeavor?
Any suggestions like time, route
etc. involved concerning the trip.
Hello, I am Dream In Blue's husband. She asked me to reply to your questions.We have lived full time our boat for 9 years.
(not Endeavor) is a great, well built vessel and I am not being bias (not totally). What year is your boat? Ours is actually an E51, she was built only one year (1984) and then they built the 52 and on up. Check the following link for more on the history
of the Endeavour
Endeavour Sailboat Owners Forum
Our boat has a 8' 6" keel
and 70' to top of mast
line. I have not found any totally like her. At any rate, no matter what size they are all built well and I have nothing negative to say about them. Sandy bottom sailors think the draft
is a problem, but I do not. She sails
close to the wind
and thrives in 20 to 30 knot
winds. We sail in weather
that keeps the majority in port. Not because we are looking for trouble it is just because she is built for true water
sailing">blue water sailing and can handle it.
I am an X Navy Marine
Engineering Tech/Mech and a Mechanical Engineering Tech and do all of the work on the boat myself. Which besides updating has not been too major. The Borg Warner gear
box was rebuilt 5 years ago. The Original Perkins
has more than 25,000 hours on it and runs like a charm without using oil
. I use straight 40 or 50 weight oil
in the engine
box depending how far south we are. I would most likely switch to 30 weight in colder climates. I rarely ever go above 1800 RPM
as the small increase in speed is not worth the extra fuel
I could go on about the boat but you get the point. Like any boat they will look after you if you look after them.
As far as going through the canal to San Diego, that is a rough trip. The wind and current
is just not in your favor going from south to north close to the Pacific coast. One of my patent lawyers motored his motor
yacht that exact route last year. He said it cost him dearly in fuel
and it was a very wet rough trip and was ready to sell it by the time he reach Long Beach. If you have plenty of time you are better off sailing West to NW via the Galapagos
and possibly Hawaii
and everything in between (not much) then to San Diego. If not carry plenty of fuel and be prepared to motor
sail. You may need to use fuel bladders as fuel may be difficult to find at times. You will want to check the pilot charts
to determine favorable conditions.
Best of luck and let me know if you have anymore questions.