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Old 04-11-2012, 14:49   #1
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First Atlantic Crossing Planning


So, I'm attempting to get ready to cross the pond and want advice. My plan at the moment is to leave from Beaufort, NC, to Lisbon, Portugal, with stops in Bermuda and the Azores. I was planning on leaving the end of April/beginning of May depending on weather forecasts.

My boat is a 1977 Cal 2-29. I just replaced the standing rigging with new wire ropes upgraded from the original size specs and new turnbuckles. We have a registered 406mhz epirb. No life raft, one inflatable dinghy. Here are my concerns:
-I have a balanced spade rudder. I know plenty of these have crossed oceans, I'm just wondering if there's any kind of reinforcement that people have done in the past or considerations to take in.
-On Cal's the deck stepped mast is supported by a compression post that sits on a steel beam. The steel beam rusted away (as is typical) and was replaced by a fiberglass column to the keel. The compression post where it meets the sole is showing signs of wear and creaks while hard on the wind in swells.
-No life raft.

Every cruiser I see in port with ocean experience I ask advice on this, and most have said the boat seems capable of the voyage and ready to go. The others suggested a standing rigging upgrade (which I did, the last rig change was over 10 years ago).
As for me, I have three years of experience sailing in the Atlantic/Caribbean but I've never been in over 13ft seas and a consistent 30kts aside from squalls or at anchor.

I'm asking for advice, concerns, encouragement, or the usual "don't do it." Thanks!
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Old 05-11-2012, 05:33   #2
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Re: First Atlantic Crossing Planning

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Steve.
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