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Old 02-09-2008, 04:14 PM   #1
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Hello Everybody

Some 6 months ago we were asking for advice on this forum while we were preparing for our journey. Now we've made it to the Caribbean yahoo...

You are welcome to visit our website on whisper2.com

English version is lagging a bit behind polish, but it will improve soon. Check the gallery.

There is only two of us working on the whole thing.

Enjoy.

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Old 02-09-2008, 04:22 PM   #2
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Congradulations,

I am sure by now you are quite different sailors then when you started. A very nice accomplishment indeed. BE SAFE & ENJOY.....John
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Well done Piotrek & Magda.

Very happy to hear that all went well.

Keep us updated please.
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Great stories. We can't wait 'til you get the English version of the final legs of your trip on your site!
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Congratulations! Nice photos on your website, too!
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Your photos are fantastic!
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Old 02-10-2008, 06:20 AM   #7
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Piotrek & Magda,

That's great! I am from southwest Michigan and have been contemplating just such a trip on a 27'- 30' cruiser. I may have to "go it alone" though as no one seems to be interested in spending up to a year alone on a boat with me. LOL. I can't say that I would either, but I have no choice. That must be quite a trip!!

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I agree. Some really nice photos there. Obviously you are skilled at photography and, as such, will be able to take great photos with almost any camera but I am curious anyway; what make and model are you using?

One little issue, on photo no. 3 of the St. Martins group I see you have a tubular radar reflector tied to your backstay. I had a similar one at one time - until when on a coast guard cutter I saw how pitifully poor the returned echo was from another yacht fitted with the same type of reflector. IMHO, these should be banned and tri-lens reflectors or active reflectors (SeaMe type) made compulsory. In the Coast Guard we now only use SeaMe type reflectors which are great in our RIBS as they can be switched off if we want to clandestinely follow a vessel but when switched on give a great target.

Good luck with the rest of your voyage. I look forward to reading about it.

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Congrats Piotr and Magda!

The Yahoo Catalina 28 group has been discussing a trip from Florida to Bahamas and Windward Islands. Your success is very inspiring. I look forward to reading the rest of your log.

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You have progressed quickly in the year you've been contributing to this board. How great to see that you've done so well. Did you make it in one shot from Bermuda to St. Martin?

It's a busy, busy island, but there are still places to go that are quite lovely. Enjoy the islands.

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Well Done!

I think this is your boat, at Liberty State Park in New York Harbor

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Wow thanks for great response.

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I ... have been contemplating just such a trip on a 27'- 30' cruiser. I may have to "go it alone"
If you go alone make sure you have really good autopilot or/and windvane. We have already lost two autopilots, one after 2 days and the second after 8 days of sailing in moderatelly rough Atlantic. It seams, that small boat on big waves needs something stronger than autopilot sellers suggest. Alone without self steering would be tough.

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what make and model (camera) are you using?

I see you have a tubular radar reflector tied to your backstay...
Nikon D40 with 18-55 and 55-200VR lens. Great little camera.

Stephen, surely there are better devices, but we hadn't enough money nor time for looking for something more fancy. It used to be attached on the top of the mast, but it felt down on the 3rd day from Bermuda.
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The Yahoo Catalina 28 group has been discussing a trip from Florida to Bahamas and Windward Islands.
Bill, I wouldn't do it from Florida east, but I know, many Americans do it this way. There are trade winds in the Carribean... I imagine, that getting from Florida to Winwards in a small boat must be really long, wet and nasty trip. From St.Martin to Guadelupe was bad enough for us. It's beating through 7-10ft chop in 35kt wind with gust well over 40kts. I recomend you going through Bermuda.

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Did you make it in one shot from Bermuda to St. Martin?
Yes, we didn't stop in the middle of the Ocean
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I think this is your boat, at Liberty State Park in New York Harbor
Were it you, sailing this small canoe? You've got us. Thanks for the shot. It was a long stop in NJ.

Now we have no choise, but translate more of the stuff for you guys
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