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Old 26-03-2012, 23:17   #1
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By Canoe, Alone, Across the Atlantic - DONE

Quite a tale as this 30 y.o. intrepid adventure completes a canoe trip across the Atlantic. I'm surprised it only took 7 weeks.
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Re: By Canoe, alone, across the Atlantic - DONE

This doesn't even begin to describe what he did:

stupid [ˈstjuːpɪd]adj1. lacking in common sense, perception, or normal intelligence
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Re: By Canoe, alone, across the Atlantic - DONE

Pretty cool, but describing his vessel as a canoe seems like a stretch to me. IMHO it must be an open boat, or at most half-decked to be considered a canoe. This fellow and his supporters seem to think it's a canoe because he used a single-bladed paddle. However, that's really all semantics for the sake of the record. He's got much more balls than I ever will. Must be terrifying at times. Anyone here ever read "Paddle to the Amazon"? An awesome read about a father/son team who paddled from Winnipeg to the mouth of the Amazon via the Orinoco and Rio Negro. They were rarely out of sight of land but it was probably a much crazier venture done on a shoestring budget. An interesting read. There is also a documentary. Their total length of paddle-12,181 miles! No fancy boat either.

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Re: By Canoe, alone, across the Atlantic - DONE

Very well done, But not for me,
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Re: By Canoe, alone, across the Atlantic - DONE

there is just no pleasing some people! well done gabor

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Need to bookmark this thread so that the next time someone asks "How big of a boat do I need to cross oceans?" or the perennial question "Can thus and such a boat cross oceans?" we can just refer them back to this, and they can see for themselves why their question really doesn't make sense.
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Re: By Canoe, alone, across the Atlantic - DONE

I 2nd that! Next time one of our famous Hunter Beneteau discussions break out and what is bluewater and what is not. I also love the famous small boats web page also.
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Need to bookmark this thread so that the next time someone asks "How big of a boat do I need to cross oceans?" or the perennial question "Can thus and such a boat cross oceans?" we can just refer them back to this, and they can see for themselves why their question really doesn't make sense.

Transatlantic crossing record for smallest boat is 3' 11". This boat was 26'. I know Tom McNally was trying to beat this record with his 3' 10" "Big C" but I don't know if he did or not, so that record may no longer stand.

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I'm just glad Tom is not on this forum because he would have been beat up about his boat not being a "blue water" boat. I'm thankful for people who spend their time doing not just arm chairing and telling everyone you can't.
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Pretty cool, but describing his vessel as a canoe seems like a stretch to me. IMHO it must be an open boat, or at most half-decked to be considered a canoe. This fellow and his supporters seem to think it's a canoe because he used a single-bladed paddle.

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A vessel such as this is referred to as a decked canoe. Another example of a decked canoe is the Kruger Dreamcatcher that appears in the photo by my name. The single blade paddle is sometimes considered more efficient since their is less wind load compared to even a feathered two blade paddle.

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This doesn't even begin to describe what he did:

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Transatlantic crossing record for smallest boat is 3' 11".
Wow! That's just crazy.

Not because it doesn't fit my idea of a "bluewater boat," but because I can't even begin to imagine how uncomfortable it must have been. I don't ever want to spend a night on a boat that I can't at least stretch out in!
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Re: By Canoe, alone, across the Atlantic - DONE

If he chose to go without a Spot or AIS tracker then it is his, his partner's, and his sponsors', choice - not anybody else's. Think freedom.

Here are his boat and a link to his website.

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