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Old 19-01-2020, 03:17   #16
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Re: Long Range Journeys

George, it is technically possible to cross an ocean in a small powerboat but the odds of a successful crossing or even survival are so small that few people attempt it. The key issues are:

1. Typical ocean swell is 8-9 minimum. Even under ideal conditions, you will not be able to maintain high planing speed in a 30í powerboat for long before either the boat breaks down or you break down. It will be super uncomfortable.

2. The fuel requirement at 1 mpg should be at least 2-3,000 gallons. You cannot fit this into the boat. There are planing boats that are designed to cross oceans, typically around 150 ft and above, $15 million and above.

3. If you go slow in order to be comfortable and save on fuel, then you need a boat than can survive non ideal conditions as your weather window will be long. This is typically a keel sailboat (cheap) or a custom designed trawler (expensive).

If you want to enjoy local motor boating definite get the power boat and have a blast. Expect its value to decline by more than half in two years. Then sell and buy a sailboat.
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Old 19-01-2020, 04:32   #17
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Re: Long Range Journeys

Forget the Searay buy a Jeep!
But seriously if you could work out the fuel issue and you donít fear death anything is possible.
Another crazy Australian took a Haines Hunter trailer boat from Darwin to Japan!
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