We sail a Ds40 -done the east coast of the USA 2 1/2 times, eastern and western Carib, Atlantic crossing, most of the Med, all of the Black Sea - now in Herzliya Israel for the winter - all of 2 handed - 32-33 - hum not sure - I guess it could be done
just our thoughts and opinions chuck patty and svsoulmates
SO42DS - two up. Up and down Australian west coast, across Great Australian Bite(5days), across Bass Strait to Tasmania, up Australian east coast, over to New Caledonia(6days) and Vanuatu. Very strong boat. Short comings include small tankage for both fuel and water. Very exposed cockpit. These shortcomings overcome with Watermaker, gerries and canvasswork. Inner forestay added to reinforce rigging and extra sailplan options. Planning Fiji next. Probably not the boat we’d choose for a circumnavigation. Plenty have done ARC.
I sailed my 43DS across the Atlantic from FLorida to France in 2008. In Europe we did 2 trips from Bordeaux to Scotland (and back), once via the Channel and North Sea, coming back thru the Irish Sea, while the other trip went north up the Irish Sea, and then south around the west coast of Ireland. One trip along the north coast of Spain. There was a Jeanneau Rally in one of the trips to Scotland that we attended, so a bunch of Jeanneaus made it all the way to Oban.
In the US, 5 trips up and down the east coast of the us, mostly coastal/ICW work, with a few jaunts off-shore. One trip to the Bahamas for a month.
It is a great boat, quite strong and comfortable. Now, at 15 years, a bit of maintenance is coming due, but it will be worth it.
So far we have sailed Dragonfly our 2003 SO 43DS up from San Diego to the Gulf Islands in Canada and all over the San Juan's. And back to San Diego for the Baja HaHa to Cabo. Then sailed over to mainland Mexico and south to just short of the boarder. And now we have sailed her back to Anacortes Washington. Saving up for our next adventure to??
hmmmm is it true that you have never been to Kioni/Ithaka , Assos /Kefalonia, Othonoi ?
there are lots of places I never went.
When I was solo, I tended to just keep moving from place to place to build up the sailing miles and the anchorages were just somewhere to sleep. So I did not care where I anchored and often never went ashore.
Seems to me there were more places in the Ionian you visited than didn't visit. How did you find the run around the bottom end and into the Pelopes. Can't make my mind up if to go back through the canal or take the long route.
Does also seem a lot of 43DS owners tend to do adventurous journeys.
Morning. I bought a 54DS from Italian Adriatic in July 18, sailed over to north of Croatia, then down south through the end to Montenegro, back to Italian side, round the heel and toe, straits of Messina ( which make the Dover straits look quiet!) up to Elba and across to Barcelona by 1st Sept. we encountered a storm while about 20 miles out (sustained 45 knots for about 40 mins, then dropping to 38 knots with large waves for the next 3 hours). This year is Barcelona and home to UK across Biscay. Although a 54 footer is a bit bigger, my previous was 42 and they are all built well. I don’t want another 45 knot experience but I now know the boat can cope brilliantly. 35 feet is a good size and with the right experienced crew, time of year etc the Atlantic should not be precluded. My sense is these boats are all built to a higher standard than our nerves!
I've only done coastal cruising in pretty benign conditions, so I can't speak from experience, but I just finished reading "Fastnet, Force 10". The race was in 1979, so the boats were different, and they were crewed by some seriously skilled offshore racers, but an interesting conclusion was that boats over about 39 feet all survived some pretty horrific conditions (I would insert the table, but I can't find the copy/paste function). And the biggest problem was keeping the boat upright in steep, cresting wave action due to wind vs current over pretty shallow water. It wasn't the wind. So to summarize, 35 feet will handle almost anything, and 39 and over is golden.
This summer I end-up with my wife and my daughter(6 years old ) in tornado type water sprout which died about 50 meters from us in the end and after that 1 hour of 54kt wind with hail and rain shifting 45 degree every 5 min ...
my boat is Sun Liberty 34 with 28hp VP 2003 and folding 2B prop - I was doing good 2 - 3.5kt against the wind and except and waves the fact that I got very worried from the tornado that was very.. very close and closing.. and the fact that I was not been able to see further from the mast all else was OK ...
the experience was so intense that we didn't put life jackets all at.. it did not come to our mind to be honest..
this happened between south Corfu and main land...
btw: my little crab pod was in gulf of lyon for 3 seasons and has survived all the tramontana craziness...
the picture are from the time when I was still think all is good and fun..
As you rightly point out that disaster was over 40 years ago and since then boat design has evolved into something quite different.
Would the over 39 ft assumption still hold good?
Good point. I'm not a naval architect, so take this with a grain of salt, but boat length should remain the deciding factor in how a boat that's either facing into the waves or running in front of the waves responds to a cresting wave over the bow or stern, or how it will be able to push through a wave without pitchpoling. As the waves get longer, as they typically are in the open ocean, they are less steep and it all becomes less critical.
By the way, the book is a good, if sobering, read. I found it at a used bookstore.
Well worth considering drouges if venturing far off shore. I have been impressed by the Jordan Series Drouge as a means of keeping safe, Just google it to find lots of information. Also worth carrying a drouge incase of steering failure or a lost rudder as it seems like a good way to control a boat. Fortunately I cannot speak from experience.