Originally Posted by foolishsailor
Last bust certainly not least is the fact that the peoples knowledge and skill that are actully sailing the boat will do more per dollar to increase its passage
making time than anything else and investment in their skills is the best by far.
When Bank Pop broke the Jules Vern Trophy record
they praised the electronics
that allowed them to know what the weather
was, and was predicted, to be. But they also pointed out that it is fairly standard to get good weather
reports. What Bank Pop had that most of us don't have was remote
of where junk (flotsam and jetsam) was and they were able to avoid it.
All that being said I spent almost two months this summer in, and around, the Dry Tortugas
; along with two other friends who also took their boats there. One had problems and had to call Sea Tow and the other had the AP go out and a damaged head
sail. Both encountered these problems on the trip back to Key West
in bad weather. On the other hand I planned my return trip based not just on the CH2 weather reports but face to face conversations with the captain
of the fast boat that makes the trip from Key West
to Fort Jefferson and back every day.
The conditions for my return were 8-10 knot
following winds and 1 to 2 foot following seas. In those conditions the level of seamanship required are within the capabilities of most folks who post here, even mine.