Someone once told me, sailing sports was like taking a cold shower in full garment while tearing up at least one 100€ bill per minute. As we are planning to take the bare foot route, I would only partially agree: the shower will be luke warm.
Some of the bills go into equipment. Here is what we will take along to make the trip safe and comfortable:
Sails and rigging
Flat top main sail (three reefs included)
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling genaker
Size 7 Parasailor (145 sqm)
2 x 40 hp Yanmar marine diesel engines
Icom SSB transceiver with 7,3 m whip antenna (DSC and PACTOR IV)
Raymarine VHF / DSC
Handheld backup VHF
Iridium Extreme 9575 sat phone (mainly backup)
Raymarine chart plotter (E140 W)
Raymarine GPS and fluxgate compass
Plastimo magnetic compass (helm)
Handheld magnetic compass
iPads and Navionics maps for backup
Paper maps and pilot guides
MaxSea with backup GPS for planning trips and GRIB-integration
800 Ah AGM service batteries
3000 W inverter
Solar panels (810 Wp)
Fischer Panda Alternator
25 kg Rocna main anchor on 70m of chain (galvanized)
14,4 kg Fortress FX-55 (10 m chain and rope), backup
20 kg Danforth (10 m chain and rope), backup
Automatic vests and safety harnesses
Raymarine man over board singal system
Jonbuoy recovery system
Standard life buoy
Life raft holding six crew
Supporting rations for 48 hours in life raft
Personal locator beacon
Generous collection of pyro signals
Standard fridge and ice box
Echotec DML 240 water maker
5 kg washing machine
TV / DVD player
Full WIFI on board
3,4 m Caribe Dinghi with 20 hp outboard
As the time to departure gets closer, I am sure more is to be added.
Read you started and doing fine.
Did a test with a parasailor on my own boat.
Was surprised about the great possibilities!
No plans for sailing in winter yet.
Did sail Lady Ann from Mallorca to NL last summer.
Is for sale now.
Success and a lot of fun!!!
Probably I told you the shower story?!
Great trip and a great CAT.
Have fun and a very good trip
actually it was a customer of mine who crossed the Atlantic with his Open 60 racer and seven VERY ambitious crew members. He ended as the eightth in the ranking at his time and was very disappointed after I told him that we beat him with Lady Ann by about twelve hours ;-).
OK, they didn’t start the engines.
Hope you are well and sail a bit this winter?