(5 replies, posted in Sails & Rigging)

Yes, the boat and I are both Canadian.
1976, J.J. Taylor, Hull # 161, "Seeadler"
I had the boat trailered from Canada to Salem. Nothing is required by the officials. There were no government / customs problems in any of the countries I visited. My boat is registered rather than licensed like most local boats. I have heard that some countries will not accept local licensing. Some European countries (Madeira) require that you have liability insurance, but are good at looking the other way. Insurance for crossings is getting hard to get for large fully crewed boats. For single handed trips, the insurance people just say no. For single handed boats 25 feet long, they just laugh or stare at you.  Maritime side band is used by most cruisers, but is expensive, takes lots of space and requires lots of power. Instead, I had a shortwave receiver that worked on the same frequencies. I could listen to everything, but could not transmit. That was about 80% as good as the complete two way setup at a fraction of the price. I had an EPIRB but no life raft. Just a small inflatable zodiak. The only other safety gear was a good safety harness, jacklines, radar and a good boat. I did a complete refit before leaving.


(40 replies, posted in Technical)

200L of water is more than plenty. I carried 120L and always had atleast 1/2 left over. In the beginning I worried about water and was careful and only used 2L per day. My longest passage was 22 days. On later passages, I splurged with fresh water showers every few days (2L). Four litres per day would be luxurious. I just remembered you are planning for a few crew. Three litres per day for 25 days per person would be good. The boat will be heavy with all the supplies, so adding extra ballast should be avoided. The cockpit drains are already too low to the water line. The weight is low and I did not notice any tenderness due to added weight.


(5 replies, posted in Sails & Rigging)

No, you are not crazy to do the Atlantic in a Contessa 26. I did it in 2002-03. But you may be crazy after you finish if you take two friends. My trip was - Salem, MA to Bermuda to Azores to Portugal to Gibraltar to Madeira to Canarys to Cape Verde to St. Lucia up thru the islands to BVI to Bermuda to New York up the Hudson then the canals, Lake Ontario, the Trent canal to Georgian Bay. The trip covered 11,000nm and 13 months. I did it single handed. Our family used to live abroad on the bay during the summers, but the boat gets VERY small at sea. Try living in a small bathroom heeled over for a week with your friends before setting out.

I had the following sails: DRS, #1 genoa, #2 genoa, working jib, storm jib, loose footed main with 3 reefing points. The third reef worked great and saved the trouble of a try sail. The thrid reef and storm jib are essential. The other "sail" I am glad I had was a sea anchor. It saved my ass in a NE gale in the gulf stream.


(47 replies, posted in Technical)

I repowered with a Yanmar 1GM10 a few years ago. I used a simple program available on the web that asked question about the boat, engine and transmission then spit out a suggested prop size. Your prop vendor will also be able to make a suggestion based on the data. I ended up with a 11x12 RH 3 blade prop. The cruise speed is about 5.7kt. When I slow down to get better fuel economy (2300rpm, .63L/hr, 4.4kt) I get 620nm on 90L of fuel on board. The engine seems ok with the combination, I have 722 hours on it without any problems.