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Old 16-11-2010, 18:52   #1
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Hi Everyone,
My name is Robin and I sail a Pearon Triton 28. I recently sailed to the Bahamas and back and she sailed great ! I am new to cruising and have a few questions
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1. I sailed to the Bahamas and back without a SSB. I'm assuming should I want to cross the Atlantic I should have one. Would a SAt phone be better? I would like to have better communications with boats out there.
Any recommendations for a single hander on a budget? Given, that I'm a facebooker I'd like to up load my funny antics on the water.....droping the halyard, watching my jib sheet drop down thru the cockpit drain and around the prop....the things the inexperience do. Anyway, just thought if I'd had my camera and was hooked up to my computer I could do all that
when on the hook. What would be the easiest way to say connected to fellow boaters and the internet?
2. Does anyone cross the Atlantic during the winter months? FL to Bahamas to Azores? Is there a way to hook up with other fellow sailor for a crossing?
3. How many of you use a life raft?
4. I assume an EBIRB is essential for Atlantic crossing

Can ya send me in the right direction.....best wishes robin
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Old 16-11-2010, 19:05   #2
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1. I sailed to the Bahamas and back without a SSB. I'm assuming should I want to cross the Atlantic I should have one. Would a SAt phone be better? I would like to have better communications with boats out there.
Any recommendations for a single hander on a budget?
SSB reciever is ok for weather, if you feel the need to communicate go for the transmiter as well... forget the sat phone if on a budget
2. Does anyone cross the Atlantic during the winter months? FL to Bahamas to Azores? Is there a way to hook up with other fellow sailor for a crossing?
Only Delivery skippers and the insane.. find someone insane
3. How many of you use a life raft?
Dunno about others but I'm happier with a good inflatable on the foredeck.
4. I assume an EBIRB is essential for Atlantic crossing.
No... its only for the insecure... the insane don't bother
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Old 17-11-2010, 07:48   #3
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Hi Everyone,
My name is Robin and I sail a Pearon Triton 28. I recently sailed to the Bahamas and back and she sailed great ! I am new to cruising and have a few questions
Here goes.
1. I sailed to the Bahamas and back without a SSB. I'm assuming should I want to cross the Atlantic I should have one. Would a SAt phone be better? I would like to have better communications with boats out there.
Any recommendations for a single hander on a budget? Given, that I'm a facebooker I'd like to up load my funny antics on the water.....droping the halyard, watching my jib sheet drop down thru the cockpit drain and around the prop....the things the inexperience do. Anyway, just thought if I'd had my camera and was hooked up to my computer I could do all that
when on the hook. What would be the easiest way to say connected to fellow boaters and the internet?

G'Day and welcome. Views are going to vary but its pouring down with rain here so plenty of time to share mine with you.
A SSB transciever can be linked to a modem but likely to be too slow for regular web work. Short emails and weather gribs are really the max possible.
However, a Satphone would be much more expensive to use, and not logical for comms with other boats when sailing.
So my suggestion would be SSB transciever when underway, and a wifi booster so your computer can link up free when moored up. We also used our computer to skype and it saved us a fortune.

2. Does anyone cross the Atlantic during the winter months? FL to Bahamas to Azores? Is there a way to hook up with other fellow sailor for a crossing?

You could keep accessing sites like this but reality is most sail for pleasure in better weather. IMHO you'd best wait until next May and come then. If you've the budget, ARC Europe brings a small fleet together in May / June.

3. How many of you use a life raft?

I do.

4. I assume an EBIRB is essential for Atlantic crossing

I agree.

Can ya send me in the right direction.....best wishes robin
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I agree with what others have written. Always wait for the weather patterns to be favorable.
I like life rafts but they are not mandatory.
I think an EPIRB is pretty much necessary.
I don't have an SSB but it might be good for weather.
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