Originally Posted by delmarrey
A 40' trawler? You plan to head
for the S. Pac. Are you going to have it shipped or can you carry enough fuel
to make the trip.
I will cruise
over on her own bottom from Mexico to the Tuamotus where I will refuel. I have an "all empty" range of at least 3,500 nm. See my related post on the "efficient powerboats" thread.
I remember several years back there was a 38" trawler that had an arch that went from amidships to the bow. It could be raised up 20' with a back stay and a roller furling up forward. It could be sailed down wind and a few points either way.
I have a mast
on my boat. It is used primarly for instrumentation and as an attachment for my boom used as a dinghy lift
. Under the right conditions I fly a downwind genoa
from the mast
(no main). I can use this to sail downwind in a 90 deg. arc
. With 15 knots of apparent wind, I can add 1/2 knot
to my cruising speed or cut back my RPM's by 100 or 150 and increase my range by at least 10%. Since I have a single engine
, it is also my "get someplace" get home system in case of catastrophic failure in the drive system.
I use to think of doing the same to the 40' Pacemaker I had way back then.
I would not recommend this type of trip in a semi displacement power boat
. It is my opinion that only a full displacement hull
in this size range built specifically for open ocean cruising offers the security
and systems to undertake an ocean crossing
Ocean crossings in 40 ft. full displacement powerboats is becoming quite commonplace today.