What they all said. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. You do not want to motor across the Atlantic, and you certainly don't want to motor across in a sailboat
. Sailboats have sails
for a number of good reasons -- crossing oceans is one of them -- a sailboat sailing with its sails
up is quiet, stable, and doesn't run out of fuel
no matter how many thousands of miles you go. Motoring and with its sails down, it is less stable, noisy, stinky, and will need more fuel than almost any sailboat which costs less than a million dollars can carry without a lot of modification.
2. Whether or not you're motoring, you can't just draw a line from wherever you plan to depart from, to whereever you are hoping to go, and call it your course. There are currents and wind
patterns to consider, and you also need to choose the right season. West to East is the hard
way across the Atlantic. The pleasant trade wind route
is East to West from the Canaries
to the Caribbean
. There are a few ways to do it West to East but they all involve greater risk of bad weather
and unfavorable wind, than the other way around. If you dig around in the archives
here, you'll find a lot of information on it.