All I can say is wow! I was hoping for one or two opinions, I am literally knocked off of my feet with your responses.
A bit about myself and why I asked. I'm 60+ and a bit of an adventurer. As a career Marine
, I spent the first 7 years as an enlisted guy and flew some 350 combat missions as a helo door gunner in Viet Nam. I've served as a Marine
Drill Instructor, a Warrant Officer and at retirement
a Marine Major who came up through the ranks. Within the Corps I spent most of my career as an Air Traffic Controller or Facility Manager. After retirement
, I managed large general aviation airports and owned an aviation fuel
facility. I've built a previous 38' sailboat about 1980 and logged over the years some 10K bluewater miles as a singlehander. My wife of 42 years likes jewlery better than boats or for that matter any of the airplanes that we've owned so in the end it all works out.
I know I won't be the youngest, nor the oldest, just an old Marine who wants to do it. It being the solo non-stop circumnavigation
, which brings the 8 to 9 months of cruising time into reality. This will go along with some of my other adventures such as climbing glaciers and mountains...flying WWII fighters and bombers...doing Mach I+ in the back seat of the F-4 Phantom...running marathons...and the list goes on. The difference being is that I'm not looking for sponsorship or publicity beyond my own realization of having done something that is of interest to me. I do sell some of my metal art to help pay for the trip, but that's about as close as I care to come to a sponsor
Having read each posting
for which you have my appreciation and thanks. I'm going to stick with the Origo
Stove that I have. I have no interest in a pressurized alcohol stove and I think the safety record
of the Origo
stove is excellent. For those using Origo stoves, I'd like to hear about your consuption rate. I know Origo claims 6-8 hours per 8oz. fill but that seems a little lean. I was estimating more like 5oz. a day cooking/evaporation or about 20 days per gallon. Over a 9 month trip that would use roughly 14 gallons, my plan is to stock 20 on board for departure. I'll also carry a single
stove with disposable propane
cylinders as a backup.
I can build all of my own storage
as my little home metal art studio is nicely equiped with MIG, TIG, Gas and ARC
welding, powder coating oven
, a CNC plasma table that is 50" by 98", lathe, mill, a 4 axis CNC mill, metal brakes and shears.