Originally Posted by salticrak
With the near completion of my Wharram
tiki 26 and the launch not too far away i got to thinking about what i need for longer voyages. Other than a hope and a prayer
I aim to keep her as light as possible...
I left these in port when I took off in my Hinemoa with wife and bicycles, etc, and it was a Big Mistake. I wished I had a hope and prayer every time I tried to tack. 1200 miles of "Wharraming ship."
Now that you've "over-engineered" things, I doubt you can get minimalist enough to sail the boat as designed. I suspect you've made a water
buffalo out of your gazelle, tho I'll grant your boat is way more than my 24'.
Still, it is what it is. I think you need to face up, right now, to take a much tougher look at your version of minimalist. My look at your situation does not include an engine, however small. No engine and gas, no weight. Time to learn to scull Cap, and sail in the puffs near shore. The engine is just excess baggage at sea and likely won't start when you really need it anyway. Better to learn not to need it.
? Gimme a break. Time to learn the old ways with an easy and fun boat. Bimini
? Come on. Sunshade sure but it better be rigged as a raincatcher too and fold up quick as a flash and stowed below. You can't afford any windage beyond the obvious with your ambitious plans.
Pantalones? Satfone? Ha ha. Take up space that could be used for food
and water across the Indian Ocean
? Not me.
If you can keep the boat feather light you've got a shot at sailing everywhere which is the point after all, for minimalists.
No calling for helpsies either, please. Make it work. I wanna hear about it! I still think about building a 31.
Hey seriously, while I always lean toward the lighter side of boats as well as discussions, were I you, I'd launch a bareboat
and spend as long as it takes, and as many mods as required, and weight shifting, and sail recutting and all of that til you can tack dead upwind in a narrow channel. Then see what the boat can take weightwise. You're going to need a gazelle. Leave the buffaloes to the big boys with twin diesels.
And you're a young guy I think. The love of yer life can walk in the Tiki Bar tonight and plans change.