I've owned this boat for 15 years, and sailed it from New Jersey
up to Maine
, down to North Carolina
(outside around Hatteras) and many points in between. I sailed it with one friend to Bermuda from New Jersey
(NY harbor). Actually this is the second time I've sailed it out there. The boat has been modified for offshore work
, I could send you a recent survey
As far as nasty weather
is concerned, tell me about it
! Every time I've crossed the Gulf Stream
there has been at least a gale. This time we encountered a major storm, Force 9- 10 for two days, and were in the Gulf Stream
for 3 days, two of them trying to stay in one place. If you're interested I'll send you my write-up about it, along with the newspaper article about the other boats that were rescued. But my boat did fine.
Leaving Bermuda, bound for Jost Van Dyke, we had fine weather
(30 -35 knots downwind), but less luck. A bolt on the mast
parted, and in an instant I lost
all my lower shrouds. We managed to make it back to Bermuda under power, but ultimately (after 20 hours) lost
. A new mast was shipped yesterday from Florida
and I expect to be on my way by early April. Since the entire rig is brand new, including all the standing and running rigging
and chainplates (and bolts!) I expect the boat to be bulletproof this time.
season I haven't decided yet between heading down to Trinidad, or staying farther north and relying on a hurricane hole. From what I've been reading, Nanny Cay looks pretty good. Any suggestions?