A lot of people were worried before we started on our cruise
. I wrote the following to help with the above subject heading:
This happens almost every time we bring up the subject of our going across the ocean. Let me explain the steps we're taking to help ease your concerns.
1. We use pilot chart data collected on safe passages since 1871.
2. We pick the best times to go based on the percentage chance of storms, ideal temperatures, the right kind of winds, the height of waves, etc.
3. Before we leave, we can hire a weather
consultant who specializes in sailing passages and tells us when is the best time leave. He gives us a detailed 8 day forecast
before we leave.
4. We of course will have plenty of food
, spare equipment
, safety equipment
, radios, etc.
5. We plan to travel with or near other boats when possible
6. We will have long range radio
and a satellite phone
which can be used to get continuous updates on weather
, including calling the weather consultant who can update us on his forecast
and our route
. We even have e-mail capability so we can let folks know how we're doing.
7. If a storm were to approach, we have the ability in our catamaran
to travel over 200 miles in a new direction in 24 hours. We have two engines, so even if there is no wind
we can do this. This means if even a hurricane
were to develop, we could move out of its way in 24 hours!
8. We have some experience doing ocean cruises - having taken our boat
on several trips as documented in these web pages.