Crossing the Pond

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  1. datswite

    datswite Ken Ferrari

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    Well, after a few years of full-time cruising along the US east coast, a few trips to the Bahamas and now 2 seasons in the Eastern Caribbean, the time has come for us to make the big jump across the Atlantic.

    We're currently on the hook in Falmouth Harbour, Antigua, and we're finishing up our prep work to set sail for the Azores. While in Antigua we added a 3rd reef to our mainsail, and we added some chainplates for a Jordan Series Drogue. I also performed a stem to stern refit of HuskaBean just a few years ago, and the boat is as ready as she's ever been to tackle the trip.

    I'm ridiculously excited to get moving. We need to provision, make water and then we're a good departure weather window away from leaving!!
     
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    wild382 John

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    We would like to follow your adventure.
     
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    datswite Ken Ferrari

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    John, you can follow us via our Spot Tracker if you'd like. Just click the link below.

    https://bit.ly/2HsavrH
     
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    rickdowe2 Richard Dowe

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    Exciting Times Ken! I will be there some day. Have a fantastic time.
     
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    mpearson Mark Pearson Staff Member

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    Very nice, Ken! You’ve done a lot of hard work and now you get to enjoy the rewards. Like Rick, I’m looking forward to doing similar but on the other big pond (Pacific). Best of luck to you and we will be watching your Spot. Please post some photos from the “other side” and let us know how the crossing went.
     
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    datswite Ken Ferrari

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    Thanks, guys!
     
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    jimcleary James M. Cleary

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    Fair winds and best of luck on your journey. Who is in your crew for the crossing? Where is your final destination?

    Jim
     
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    datswite Ken Ferrari

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    It'll be myself, my fiancé and a buddy I met im the Bahamas a few years ago. We're planning to make landfall in Portugal after cruising the Azores for a few weeks.
     
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    jimcleary James M. Cleary

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    I have friends who stopped in Lagos, Portugal, at the very bottom of the Country. They loved it. I can get some local knowledge if you like.

    Jim
     
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    datswite Ken Ferrari

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    Thank you for the offer. We're planning to land in the Lisbon area and land travel from there. The Schengen visa restrictions in the EU really make it difficult to cruise the Med in a single season, so we're gonna see Europe from land.
     
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    jimcleary James M. Cleary

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    I don't know what the Schengen visa restrictions are. When our friends spent 12 years sailing in and around the EU, they had to leave the EU every 18 months or be subject to the VAT tax on the value of their boat. They ended up with some very creative adventures.

    Jim
     
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    datswite Ken Ferrari

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    Now, Americans can only spend 90 days out of 180 in the European Union. The boat can stay up to 18 before paying import duties.
     
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    jimcleary James M. Cleary

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    I know that one of the VAT avoidance adventures was to stop in Morocco for a few days. That might help you if you keep the boat in Portugal.

    Jim
     
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    jimcleary James M. Cleary

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    I'd be interested in how and where you installed the chain plates for the Jordan drogue. After Susie Goodall's misadventure, it seems to be a critical part of the whole equation. Not that we would ever be in position to deploy a drogue, just curious.

    Jim
     

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