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Old 25-07-2015, 07:57   #76
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Re: Hunter 33 sailing around Cape Horn

I have seen a Hunter 33 not able to move to windward in much less weather than you would encounter on that trip. That boat has too small of a keel or rudder and as someone else mentioned, you will see winds greater than 20 knots and greater than 20 seas. That boat is designed to be tied to a dock in less weather than that.


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Old 27-07-2015, 17:40   #77
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This is what's called a win-win situation: either you'll return with a great story or a Darwin award!
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Re: Hunter 33 sailing around Cape Horn

I'm curious, of those who say not possible, how many have actually been there?

It is possible to round the horn with almost no exposure to open water.

I know a couple that did it in a Bavaria, and another single gander who went around the cape in a lightweight 26 footer, both sailed from Europe.




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I'm curious, of those who say not possible, how many have actually been there?
I've never ridden a rodeo bull but it looks dangerous to my primitive brain stem. Isn't that enough?

What's unsaid here previously (I think, I haven't read this in awhile) is that there's a difference between a stunt trick and an actual voyage. The typical issue is you're sailing around the world and you take all the Great Capes as they come, not sit in Puerto Toro waiting for an easy day for the Horn. So there's the skipper's question: World Class Yachtsman or stunt pilot?

As an aside, modern electronics/materials have made what were epic voyages then, routine now, as we all know. I know quite a few circumnavigators these days. I don't see any of them the equal of the the old timers that rounded the capes and wrote about it. YMMV.
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Re: Hunter 33 sailing around Cape Horn

Isn't it smart to go on a good weather day? I wouldn't purposely head out on a voyage in a big storm. You do deal with whatever comes your way-but I don't go out looking for trouble.
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Many sailors have coastal cruised around the horn. Anchored waited for good weather and around they go. That is not the same as sailing offshore and rounding the horn as part of a long passage where you take whatever weather comes up. Your choice of boats may be different as well.
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