I read a book a couple of years ago about a group of three or four wackos that sailed from the Atlantic north and west to Alaska
. They had a 27' steel sailboat (didn't sail worth a damn - motored mostly). It was a long cold trip. What struck me was the fact that even far offshore
, the water
was shallow. They drew less than 4 feet and often were far from shore due to depth
. They had to stay as close to shore as possible since the wind
blew fiercely from shore and the waves built up fast. I'd love to do it in my boat (that's why I bought the book) , but I draw 6 feet, so unless someone dredges, I can't make it.
They went on a good year with less ice, but still fought ice most of the way.
The way I see it, with global warming and the lessening of the ice pack (and the corresponding raising of the ocean), I might make it in a few hundred years.
If you'd like the name of the book, I'll try to find it.
a friend is finishing a 39-foot cold molded boat of his design. What a strong boat! I helped him laminate the hull with strips of ply and epoxy
. After I left, he applied Kevlar to both the inside and outside of the bow for collision
protection. I don't think he had any trouble with the Kevlar floating for the small area.