I want to cross the Atlantic, what should I know to take a decision?
Many of you think about renting a boat to cross the Atlantic. In Nautic Ocean, we receive requests from people who, in varying degrees of experience, think about this challenge. Result of our experience, we want to put some data together to make the best decision:
If we look at the list of the ARC as the largest ocean racing boats in number of participants, we find that there are different types of boats and lengths. However, the majority of vessels are above 40 feet. In our opinion even though you can cross the Atlantic almost any length, if we choose ship, we think of a certain minimum length to provide safety and comfort. We understand that it should be around 50 feet in a mono-hull, and 40 feet for multi-hulls. Furthermore, based on our objective, cruise ships look kind or race.
Some issues we have to require:
– Security: We must know if the boat has a corresponding Liferaft, Rabiobaliba (EPIRB), SART Transponder, life jackets for all crew members, fire-fighting equipment, pyrotechnics, harnesses, first aid kit, etc.. and the side navigation of the ship and date of last review safety equipment subject to revisions. We must also ask the boat insurance policy, since the shipowner is obliged not only to keep in force, but it must also provide coverage in the event of participation in a regatta if applicable.
– Comfort: It will be important to know how many people will go on board, if no possibility of his own cabin, or hire one if we are to be accompanied, as the guards were willing, or are planned meals. Especially in race boats is not unusual on food for the crew, which can be inconvenient for many people.
– The appearance of the ship and its maintenance: Knowing details about their general maintenance, board material respect, tools and spare parts as well as the review date of its engines, the look of your rig and rigging both firm and labor, will be critical to assess the suitability in our choice .
– Communications: We will check that communications will use the boat. There are different options today:
- SSB (Single Side Band). Before the advent of satellite communications was the only way to achieve communication in oceanic navigation.
- Satellite Communication. INMARSAT, formed by four geostationary satellites around the earth.
- Satellite phones like: Inmarsat, Iridium, Thuraya.
· The crew
It is well to know the pattern profile, experience in this type of navigations or similar, and if you go accompanied by support crew. What level of involvement will require board and if this will be in line of what we seek.We recommend that at least has a previous communication with the employer, and get to know your vision of the voyage.
· We should answer what is included and what not in our journey. For example:
- Participation in any race
- Staying in ports and marinas
- Food & Beverage
- Communications with soil from the boat
- Transfers (normally not included)
From Nautic Ocean we are working to prepare a fleet of boats that meet a certain standard to cross the Atlantic, to support the whole process of selection based on the criteria above.