Crossing the Pond

Discussion in 'The Pub (Social Morgan 38 related chat) Forum' started by datswite, May 15, 2019.

  1. datswite

    datswite Ken Ferrari

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2013
    Messages:
    361
    Home Port:
    Cobb Island, MD
    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!!
     
  2. wild382

    wild382 John

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2009
    Messages:
    1,241
    Home Port:
    Lake Champlain
    We would like to follow your adventure.
     
  3. datswite

    datswite Ken Ferrari

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2013
    Messages:
    361
    Home Port:
    Cobb Island, MD
    John, you can follow us via our Spot Tracker if you'd like. Just click the link below.

    https://bit.ly/2HsavrH
     
  4. rickdowe2

    rickdowe2 Richard Dowe

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2013
    Messages:
    164
    Home Port:
    Rock land,Maine
    Exciting Times Ken! I will be there some day. Have a fantastic time.
     
    datswite likes this.
  5. mpearson

    mpearson Mark Pearson Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2012
    Messages:
    409
    Home Port:
    Portland, OR
    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.
     
  6. datswite

    datswite Ken Ferrari

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2013
    Messages:
    361
    Home Port:
    Cobb Island, MD
    Thanks, guys!
     
  7. jimcleary

    jimcleary James M. Cleary

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2001
    Messages:
    1,721
    Home Port:
    Floral Park, New York
    Ken
    Fair winds and best of luck on your journey. Who is in your crew for the crossing? Where is your final destination?

    Jim
     
  8. datswite

    datswite Ken Ferrari

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2013
    Messages:
    361
    Home Port:
    Cobb Island, MD
    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.
     
  9. jimcleary

    jimcleary James M. Cleary

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2001
    Messages:
    1,721
    Home Port:
    Floral Park, New York
    Ken
    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
     
  10. datswite

    datswite Ken Ferrari

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2013
    Messages:
    361
    Home Port:
    Cobb Island, MD
    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.
     
  11. jimcleary

    jimcleary James M. Cleary

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2001
    Messages:
    1,721
    Home Port:
    Floral Park, New York
    Ken
    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
     
    Last edited: May 18, 2019
  12. datswite

    datswite Ken Ferrari

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2013
    Messages:
    361
    Home Port:
    Cobb Island, MD
    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.
     
  13. jimcleary

    jimcleary James M. Cleary

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2001
    Messages:
    1,721
    Home Port:
    Floral Park, New York
    Ken

    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
     
  14. jimcleary

    jimcleary James M. Cleary

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2001
    Messages:
    1,721
    Home Port:
    Floral Park, New York
    Ken

    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
     
  15. mpearson

    mpearson Mark Pearson Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2012
    Messages:
    409
    Home Port:
    Portland, OR
    Well, it looks like Ken took off on 5/29, so he’s been almost 2 weeks in the Atlantic.
    From his tracker it looks like he’s at 36.96109, -39.0621.
    Which is about 500 miles west of the Azores. So maybe another week or so.
    Go Ken Go!!
     
  16. mpearson

    mpearson Mark Pearson Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2012
    Messages:
    409
    Home Port:
    Portland, OR
    Wow, he's now at 38.25719, -29.92038, which is about 60 miles west of the Azores.
    I'm wondering if he's going to the Port of Horta. Should be arriving tomorrow (Sunday, June 16), I'd guess.

    Looks like the wind is about 17mph from the south so he's probably on a broad reach now. It says 8ft seas from the NW with a 10 second period, so he may be getting beat up a little by that.

    Very exciting, and I'm looking forward to hearing some details on the passage.
     
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2019
  17. datswite

    datswite Ken Ferrari

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2013
    Messages:
    361
    Home Port:
    Cobb Island, MD
    We arrived into Horta on Sunday. Overall, it was a great passage. The last seven days were a bit challenging. We were overtaken by a cold front which left us hove to for about 18 hours. Then, two days later we were trapped in the compression zone of another low. Hove to again for about 8 hours, with wind gusts to 48 knots and substantial seas. Then, we had a forecasted gale chase us the last few hundred miles. 7 days of 30-40 knots of wind. We were exhausted! Overall, the boat did great. Adding a third reef in our mainsail in Antigua was a wise move, as we used it a lot. The third reef should be deeper than it is, but a batten prevented optimum placement. Still, the boat hove to very well, but slightly forereached. The first 11 days were fabulous.

    We rigged the series drogue before we hit the compression zone. Had the waves started breaking, we would have deployed it. Thankfully we didn’t have to.

    Our Monitor windvane steered for 2,000 miles. And, since we sailed off of the anchor in St. Martin, we could have sailed the entire trip. However, we ran the engine the last 40 hours to outrun the gale... the winds were wrong to make good enough speed to make safe harbor in time. Otherwise, zero engine time - the solar covered our energy needs.

    The boat did great offshore, sailing much faster than anticipated. Our average speed for the trip was 5.6 knots, that includes a few light air days. However, hull speed was not uncommon. Max speed was 13 knots while surfing. Too fast. We hove to shortly after that.

    I love this boat!!!
     
  18. mpearson

    mpearson Mark Pearson Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2012
    Messages:
    409
    Home Port:
    Portland, OR
    Congratulations Ken! It’s good to hear from you.
    How many people and/or who did you have for crew? Sounds like sleep might have been challenging?
     
    datswite likes this.
  19. datswite

    datswite Ken Ferrari

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2013
    Messages:
    361
    Home Port:
    Cobb Island, MD
    There were 3 of us. Myself, my fiancé and a buddy. We split the overnight hours into three, 3-hour, watches. Then we just sort of winged it during the day. It worked pretty well.
     
  20. jimcleary

    jimcleary James M. Cleary

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2001
    Messages:
    1,721
    Home Port:
    Floral Park, New York
    Ken & Crew

    Congratulations!! Any journey that ends safely is a great journey. Imagine the sea stories you've collected. Sounds like your weather wasn't perfect. We're glad to hear that you are happy with the boats performance. Enjoy the Azores and keep us up to date on the rest of your voyage.

    Jim
     
    datswite likes this.

Share This Page