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Old 07-03-2015, 01:39   #1
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Trans atlantic crossing in a single engine cat ?

I am asking this question as a complete novice,what is the diff of doeing a crossing in a single inboard engined 38ft prout than a mono from SA to the Bahammas ?
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Re: Trans atlantic crossing in a single engine cat ?

maybe i should put it this way,is there any reason why a single engined cat cannot do the crossing opposed to a double engined cat ?
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maybe i should put it this way,is there any reason why a single engined cat cannot do the crossing opposed to a double engined cat ?
this is standard in many of the prout catamarans,and actually is an advantage as you can lift the drive leg out of the water to reduce drag.

the vessel it self relies on its sails for propulsion so the engine is superfluous apart from entering and leaving marinas etc.

friends just crossed from uk to Antigua in the caribean with a broken engine on their prout,only problem was not enough power generation.
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Boats cross the Atlantic without engines fairly regularly.. not that they start out that way..
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, dawie.
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Re: Trans atlantic crossing in a single engine cat ?

Thank you,renting out my house as off the end of the month,got rid off all our stuff and moving down to Cape Town with the girls(aged 5 and 11) to go learn how to sail.Given ourselves 2 years and will either buy a boat in SA or in the USA from where we will start sailing.I will be bothering everybody a lott in time to come.
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Re: Trans atlantic crossing in a single engine cat ?

Very few boats motor across the atlantic. They simply don't have the range.

If not in a rush, a lot of twin engine cat owners run on a single engine to maximize fuel efficency.
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Re: Trans atlantic crossing in a single engine cat ?

Awesome Dawie.. We are doing the same with our 3 children (aged 5, 6 , 8). We have purchased our boat and have plans to move aboard at the end of the year.

I hope we see you out there!
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Re: Trans atlantic crossing in a single engine cat ?

Dawie, I dont think it is important whether or not you sail a cat, or a mono, as long as either is well built. What in my opinion (worth what you pay for it) is going to be more important for you is a boat that will give parents, and kids some space to call their own. You have time with your plan, to try out different boats before you buy. Sail on as many different boats as you can before you decide, and let the kids have (some???) influence on the type boat. Motors are wonderful for entering and leaving harbors, but are really not needed for ocean crossing. Dont be afraid to bother us with questions. There is lots of good information (mixed with a fair amount of BS) on this forum, and everyone is willing to help. Lots of Luck ______Grant.
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Re: Trans atlantic crossing in a single engine cat ?

You must have missed the post about a week ago of the Briton who sailed across the Atlantic on a PVC pipe raft with a garden shed on top and no engine. Who needs engines.
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Re: Trans atlantic crossing in a single engine cat ?

Dawie
I agree with Grant above. Get as much expieriance as you can. Above all make it fun for the girls and wife. A boat can get cramped no matter how big it is.
Most SA built boats are made to do the trip you are looking at. Generaly yachts people are helpful and cruising yatties more so. Many will be leaving CT about now and a new batch starts arriving sept/oct
Enjoy the new expieriances
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