Go Back   Cruiser Log World Cruising & Sailing Forums > Cruising Forums > General Cruising Forum
Cruiser Wiki Click Here to Login

Join Cruiser Log Today

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-24-2007, 10:27 PM   #1
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 4
Default Single-handed Blue Water Sailing

I just retired and debating a single-hand world cruise. I would like to start my cruise out of ther Great Lakes via the St Lawrence. Please help me with 1)the sanity of my quest, 2)the best size and type of boat to buy, 3)the direction of travel (east to west or west to east), 4)must see places via sailing, 5)danger spots to stay away from, and 6)anyother relevent information you would like to share. Thank you.

gaschenkel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2007, 12:21 AM   #2
Nausikaa's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 1,619

Hi and welcome to the club!

I envy you. I just hope that in a few years time I will also be saying I have taken early retirement and am about to cast off on a permanent cruise instead off taking short hopps between consultancies as I am now doing.

My answers:

1. Not going would be insane! If you want to do it....do it otherwise you will always regret not giving it a chance.

2. IMHO a boat between 27 and 30 fett in length is best. Bigger than that gets mor expensive and more difficult to handle single handed. Smaller than that is too cramped. My boat is 26 feet and I am very satisfied with her. Would not want anything bigger when sailing on my own.

3. The east - west thing depends on where you intend to sail. If you take the Panama - Torres Strait route then go westwards but if you intend rounding the capes (Cape Horn - Cape of Good Hope - Cape Lewellin) then eastbound is best. Awful weather and very high seasthough!

4. Don't know. I have not been to all places yet but I do recommend Galapalos, Andaman Islands and the Greek & Turkish islands. My favourite place though is Patagonia. The Chilean coast from Puerto Montt southwards is absolutly amazing. Also Norway and the Baltic Sea.

5. Dangerous places? The Southern ocean but also spots known for piracy. In general you are safer at sea than in port where everyone is subject to theft at some time

Hope this helps

Yours aye




Yacht NAUSIKAA | Call Sign: 2AJH2



= Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Lithuania
Nausikaa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2007, 01:23 AM   #3
JeanneP's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 2,098

welcome. In one way I'm a terrible person to recommend places, because I loved all the places we went, the utterly primitive and the busy city sites. However, a great deal of our travel was to the less-traveled spots, and if you haven't found it yet, our sailing logs are at:


And I've compiled a bunch of hints for cruisers that I call my Cruiser's Dictionary, which is free. You can just meander through it at:


or go to the ebook download page, it's available as HTML or PDF: http://www.cruisingconnections.co.za/ebooks.htm

this is a lovely forum for asking questions, and everybody is very friendly because we've all been the ones asking the questions - still do.
In 1986 we went cruising for a few years. After 20 years and 50+ countries and several oceans, we are STILL "cruising for a few years".

MV WATERMELON (New) | Cruiser's Dictionary, free ebook

= Cruiser's Dictionary, North America,
JeanneP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2007, 02:56 PM   #4
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 84

Recomend that you get a year or 2 experience in the Bahamas and East coast first. It can get quite ruff out there in a small boat. A little easier being on the hook every night.
Cruising Bahamas
Lynx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2007, 04:39 PM   #5
Spike_dawg's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 159

1) Nothing wrong with single handing a world cruise. I do recommend picking up crew or having family join you at times. Let others share in your experience, even if only for a week or two. A crew person, familiar with the area you are in, will add greatly to your cruise.

2) The best size and type is what fits your personal requirements. Stephen list 27 to 30 feet. In a monohull I'd choose 35 feet to 45 feet, I think the minimum size certified for offshore is 35 feet (insurance), not sure though. You can single hand any boat if it's setup properly and no more difficult to sail a 45 footer then a 27 footer if it's rigged properly. A bigger boat means better accomodations and safety.

3) Absolutely go east-west if you have a the ability to choose. It's the prevailing wind patterns for the best latitudes. West-east means high latitutdes, bad weather and few places to stop, all cold.

4) I could fill a hundred pages of great places to see, the next person would list another hundred. Start with Cornells "World Cruising Routes". Pick a basic route; you don't have to keep to it but for planning its a good place to start. Then get guidebooks, or research on the web, for countries along the first part of the journey. You can do the whole route but it will probably change anyway so keep it to the first year of travel. Lonely Planet has excellent land based guides but still good info for the yachtie. The real yactie guide books you can buy once you have firmed up the route and are ready to set off.

5) Keep away places. Certain areas and countries...just common sense here. For places to stay away from, in individual countries, you'll know this from other yachts and the marine nets in the area. Even natives will tell you who not to deal with or unsafe places to go.

6) Go do it! Don't just dream it, make it happen. It's too easy to fall into the comfort of the marina...leave the pier and make the journey happen.
Spike_dawg is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Blue Water Insurance mico General Cruising Forum 16 10-26-2013 06:59 PM
Blue Water Boat Reviews danger The Poop Deck 26 12-12-2010 03:21 PM
How To Buy A Blue Water Boat jwhyk General Cruising Forum 5 10-25-2009 11:31 PM
Single Handed Cruising TangaroaV The Tavern | Welcome Aboard 8 04-25-2008 01:06 PM
Blue water insurance Grahamjpr General Cruising Forum 3 02-06-2006 06:47 PM

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

RV & Travel Trailer Communities

Our RV & Travel Trailer sites encompasses virtually all types of Recreational Vehicles, from brand-specific to general RV communities.

» More about our RV Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

All times are GMT. The time now is 05:42 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0