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How big a boat is needed to safely cross the ocean?

Discussion in 'General Yachting Discussion' started by Zewu, Feb 11, 2006.

  1. Zewu

    Zewu New Member

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    Hey there!

    I am planning a trip to French Polynesia and so I am working out the possible itineraries. Unfortunately I don't own a yacht which would solve all such problems. I would like to go between the islands of Mangareva and Rapa, a connection which isn't served by air nor by cargo boat. So now I have this idea about asking any of the local fishermen on Mangareva if we could use their boat to make the trip if I pay them 100,000 CFP (~$1,000). The distance is about 1150km (715 miles) of open ocean. Now my question is: would it be possible to travel such a distance by a relatively small motorboat, or what would be the smallest kind of vessel required to do it safely? This would be when it's not cyclone season. (This is unless I find a yacht going the right way which I am afraid will be likely.)

    Thanks a lot for your answers! :cool:
  2. Yachtguymke

    Yachtguymke Senior Member

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    Buy a Sailboat

    You could buy a sailboat to make the trip. You dont have much fuel cost, there is lots of storage room, you could probably find one cheap. That is my suggestion. I did a trans-atlantic in feb of 1998 on a 33' Comet 1000 that a Canadian Owner bought in Plymouth England and sailed it to St. Johns, Newfoundland. It was very comfortable.
  3. Zewu

    Zewu New Member

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    Buying a sailboat, I never thought about that! Thanks a lot for your answer Yachtguymke, I will definitely look into it :)
  4. sailronin

    sailronin Senior Member

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    How large a boat to cross an ocean?
    John Guzzwell sailed around the world in "Trekka" which was 20 feet 6 inches long. Robert Manery sailed across the Atlantic in "Tinkerbell", a 13 foot sailboat.
    Nordhaven 46 foot motor trawlers cross the Atlantic, Bruce Kessler circumnavigated in a Delta 70 foot trawler.
    Yet it is routine for 150 foot motoryachts to be carried across the Atlantic on "Dockexpress" type ships.

    It all depends on how comfortable you want to be and how seaworthy the boat.

    Dave
  5. barsam

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    Budget is just the right size

    My budget dictates to me that I will be looking at the 28ft mark and my heart tells me that's big enough. I know that it is done by numerous sailors, however I bet they know they have paid their dues and have a heart for advanture as well. Overwise, it looks like tempting fate to me; I would need to feel very comfortable about what my boat could do and couldn't do. Myself also.
  6. GeminiRat

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    How big, How safe?

    If you're talking about a power boat instead of a sailing vessel then your fuel range has to be a major consideration. Our last yacht had a range of 7500 miles which was more than sufficient for a Trans-Atlantic crossing, however trusting in your abilities to make the journey is a different story. We chose to transport our yacht and meet it on the other side. The ocean is a huge place and can be unpredictable; our boat was about relaxation and having fun. I never have found fighting for survival very relaxing, thrilling to be sure; but not what I wanted to do in my time away from work. The size of your vessel is more of a comfort measure than a criterion, people have made it across the Atlantic on some pretty small vessels and least you think size is any assurance I have but one word for you, Titanic.
  7. MYCaptainChris

    MYCaptainChris Senior Member

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    How long is a piece of string?

    Down in the keys there is a small yacht that made it safely across the atlantic....... when I say small I mean small........ I think it was about 6 foot long.
  8. Kevin

    Kevin YF Moderator

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    I remember reading, perhaps a year or two ago, about a couple that crossed the Pacific in a home-built 19' sailboat. So I guess if you're got the desire to do it, any yacht can be considered "enough" to cross an ocean.
  9. MedRascal

    MedRascal Senior Member

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    Well, if you wann ago small, some people did it on a windsurf some years ago! :eek:

    It all depends on how many people would be onboard living and how much time you plan on staying onboard/use her once you crossed the Atlantic.

    I wouldn't go too small, as probably the boat would be your home for some long long time! :)

    Anyway, its a dream of many to sail across the globe...mine too one day!
  10. Manu

    Manu New Member

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    Zewu,
    Buying a boat in french polynesia is very tricky, especially if the vessel is register in French Polynesia itself. Taxes are huge and you will pay a fortune for any vessel with a French polynesian flag. Asking local fishermen is a smart idea.Besides Tahiti and Bora Bora, you will find extremely kind people to help you on other islands. But you may want to buy a vessel in Tonga or Fiji. They are very cheap there. And sailing the Pacific is by far the best in the world. You may end up satying there for years which i will do when i ll have the money for a nice 36 footer :D
    Regards.
  11. Kevin

    Kevin YF Moderator

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    Who among us here doesn't have that dream in some form or another? ;)

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