We are already in Lanzarote..let’s talk about Atlantic navigation!

When someone arise a challenge like this, starts to collect information of all kinds arises. For example, what material  is advisable to take in case of any accident, how much water stow, how to cover energy needs, etc. Today we are going to learn some more useful tips to consider when doing an Atlantic Navigation!

The experience and the stories of other sailors will also be a rich resource for preparing our crossing. Today, both by technological improvements in ships, such as communications. They have assumed that crossing is no longer an achievable thing only by some adventurous spirits. We can say that it is now much more acceptable only with proper experience and a certain spirit of adventure. We must not abandon the good seamanship practices such as prudence and good organization.

Most often, we start doing countless «lists». Here we give a record of these possible lists. They help us to control what do we have to point and what do we still need to incorporate or review:

Security

Here we included all the necessary safety equipment for an ocean crossing. It is a review of the expiration of the rockets and the raft, lifebuoys, buoyancy vests, EPIRB and expiration, etc.

Communications

This section is probably one of those which usually retains most of our attention. We need to communicate by land. And boats are usually only equipped with a VHF radio. Its range is an equivalent to a maximum distance of 30 miles. Lately, much has been achieved in this field. But what is still new is often very expensive even for nautical sports. Basically we have 2 options:

* Radio BLU
* Satellite Communication.

The first one involves mounting an antenna of about 9 meters as the minimum height. Also a radius which is usually know by radio amateurs. After a montage by an specialist for «ensea» it, we list our radio to communicate from anywherea arround the world.

I can not overlook here and now the unpayable help done by Rafael del Castillo from Las Palmas, with its Mariner Wheel. Every night, any sailor can connect with him and with other boats, receiving weather information and even providing the opportunity to speak via phone with our loved ones.

Radio Systems

The IRIDIUM satellite phone or INMARSAT are really effective. They allow you to communicate without problems like any other phone. But they have the disadvantage of the price. Also don’t having the possibility of launching a Medié by Radio to be heard by those ships that might be close to us. The phone itself has dropped considerably in price, but communications remain really expensive. That considering that probably after we will not use it again. However we also have the option of renting.

Regarding the weather reports, the Wheel will provide us with great anticipation of our position, attending of what we will have «sung» to Rafael, with its corresponding latitude and longitude. Another option are the Maxsea programs, supported with a satellite connection, will give a full part. And this will be discussed in a separate chapter.

Parts and material repairs

This can be a long list. The most difficult thing is to place the limit. This is not about taking a second ship by parts. But to bring what might actually be vital to complete our journey. And doing it without outside help. Evidently, the «Mc Giver» here it is easier and with 2 batteries. Wire and four more things are able to make another boat …

board kit

Typically being advised by a doctor or pharmacist to complete our Atlantic medicine cabinet is optimum. Do not forget to make a guide and package the drugs in sealed bags grouped by symptoms. This will facilitate their use in case of emergency. Atlantic navigation may involve having to resolve any incident that occurs to the crew.

Food Supplies

Some are more cookers that will use this experience to graduate in culinary arts at high seas. Others who will simply opt for the simplicity of the packaged or precooked. Either way, it will be worth it to plan menus to make a rough estimation of the food that we need. Bringing basic ingredients such as flour, water and salt will let us eat a freshly baked bread in the  Atlantic. If the day has given us good fishing, we can accompany with a delicious golden.

Do not forget water stowage, much more important even than the food itself. A calculation of consumption of 1.5 liters per person per day plus a 20% margin of safety if the voyage lasts more than 20 days will be enough to meet our needs in the vital liquid.

Whatsmore about an Atlantic Navigation…

We will check again the sealing of portholes and hatches. Also the maneuverability of the ship and its propulsion. Filling the fuel tank and protect the sails as we can especially most as it will be supported in some crosshead almost the entire journey to go long driven by the trade hundreds.

It is highly recommended that we set a departure date, because if we hope to have the boat fully ready, probably never get out.
Some links of interest when doing an Atlantic Navigation:

Marina rubicon. To request mooring south of Lanzarote
AEMET. A source query weather
Navigation in bad weather. An essential book on board.
The Port Tavern. A nautical forum where you can read the stories of other sailors.
Video of a cruise. A group of sailors from Barcelona to Martinique in the Caribbean.
Boat Rental. We provide the best boat to cross the Atlantic.

And, if you want some more info… check our other posts regarding Atlantic Navigation:

 

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