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GTom 20-06-2017 00:59

Small boat (Beneteau First 18) from Gibraltar to the Canaries?
 
I am considering a trailarable boat for lake and some Mediterranean coastal cruising. Any idea that this size (e.g. a Beneteau First 18 ) could make a Gibraltar to Canaries passage?

Any legal hiccups? I suppose I have to register the boat under the flag of a "liberal" jurisdiction too, beyond technical questions.

Quick search shows <20' boats are not unheard of on tha high seas: Sailor Completes an Atlantic Crossing in a 16-Foot Boat - Sail Magazine

Pete7 22-06-2017 13:10

Re: Small boat (Beneteau First 18) from Gibraltar to the Canaries?
 
The B18 is a dinghy with a lid on it and not suitable for a 5-6 day crossing in a busy waterway.

There are a lot of more suitable yachts you could choose for this journey.

Pete

boatman61 22-06-2017 13:28

Re: Small boat (Beneteau First 18) from Gibraltar to the Canaries?
 
I'd choose something other than a Bene 18.. have taken 21 and 22ftrs across the Biscay non stop from the UK but they were sturdier boats.. 4' 6" headroom and storage space.

GTom 22-06-2017 14:16

Re: Small boat (Beneteau First 18) from Gibraltar to the Canaries?
 
Thanks, started to realize that:). Unfortunately I can't go for a real ocean-going 45'-er, because I work in the middle of the continent (lots of nice lakes!) and limited to a self-launch trailerable solution.

However, "trailerable" has some more room once I get the BE license, I am eyeing the First 235 and First Class 8 now. Neither are ocean-crossers but both are definitely more than the First 18.

I know, the swing-keel is also not the best solution, but the FC8 with that 1.8m swing might not be that bad.


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