MCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8704 posts, RR: 16 Posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1435 times:
This challenge goes from New York to the Island of Bermuda. Normaly people do it in 21ft-40ft boats, but i've done some thinking and think it could be done in a 17ft or a 19ft boat. As many people know I'm diagnosed with Autism and I want to test my limits and think this would do it. The weather would have to be right and I would need at least 200-250 gallons of fuel in order to do this. Also you would GPS units etc. etc. I want to know your thoughts on this.
BAGoldEx From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 324 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1313 times:
Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 5): Yes, very careful navigation, alertness, 3 global positioning systems, 1 radar unit, food, water, a mini shelter on deck, a auto pilot to allow me to sleep, and a very reliable engine.
Oh if only it were that simple, my point is have you had much single handed offshore experience? You could have 7,000 GPS units and you could still die within 2 miles of shore. Take it from me, I have done 13 passages to Bermuda on yachts ranging from a modified J/27 to an Alloy 108, it's not all rum, fun and old men in ascots. To put it bluntly, a lot of shit can go down very easily out there and if all you've got is food, water and electronics, you're f'ed. Before you can even do that though the question is, how are you going to afford it, I remember you saying you worked in a convenience store. Outfitting a boat with the correct sails, rigging, electronics, food and survival gear will cost you upwards of $50k and that's assuming you have the boat, which I'm guessing you don't. I know you may want to do this, but be real, it's not easy.