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  1. I read this article. https://www.pbo.co.uk/boats/1970s-yacht-designs-that-have-stood-the-test-of-time-63143 At the time I was looking at the Sadler but then I started looking at righting moment comparisons on sailboatlab. The Sadler isn't too good but the Vega is better. But then from what I understand the Vega was built as an affordable family cruiser rather than a racer so maybe that's why. This is why I was looking at the Vega and folk boat type designs when I started the thread. Edit: Just found this recent article https://www.boatbuilding.xyz/ship-design/v.html
  2. I was avoiding fin keel boats. From what I read they lacked righting moment as they were designed to conform to racing standards. I was looking at the Sadler 25 at one point which is a pretty nice looking boat with a layout I like.
  3. Thanks for the insights! Buying an old boat is slightly nerve wracking as there's always the potential for there being some defect that costs a lot to fix. Knowing what to look out for helps a lot. I am planning to go north through the channels but not in a hurry. I'm planning on spending quite some time there so will most likely go back south. Western Scotland has some similar channels so I can spend some time practising upwind tacking and things there and get a feel for it and a better idea of what I'll need.
  4. Thanks. I'm intending to move to Scotland once I have my boat in order to get used to the conditions north of there so hopefully will know when I'm ready to step up. I think all the boats I'm looking at would be regarded as well built. I'm thinking I'll stick to the Vega as it is proven having gone through Drakes passage more than once, though I wont be going that way on the voyage I'm currently planning. People on some forums seem to have a more positive view of the Marcon Cutlass than people here. The Contessa 26 does seem to have a good reputation also. But if there's a good Vega
  5. I'll use a sail where possible. An advantage older sailboat technology has over newer diesel technology is that you can go long distances without having to refuel.
  6. Well I'll have solar power too in order to be able to charge my laptop without having to find a power socket. In spite of the fact that there probably is one somewhere in the Amazon it's just easier to use the locally available sunlight.
  7. Well two spring to mind. But they don't have wood either. Can you burn polar bears and penguins? If you sailed up the Nile you might get a nasty surprise. Although thinking about it the Sahara also doesn't have trees. There are remote locales with trees and no shops. Not the massive areas that "places in the world" implies but still places where the nearest source of diesel is far further away than some trees.
  8. A stove that could burn both liquid and solid fuel would be a good stove to have. Anchored in the middle of nowhere you could use wood. You could buy kerosene, diesel, alcohol, coal, charcoal. You could adapt to the widest variety of settings. I don't want to sail up the Amazon before realising that they don't have diesel in the jungle.
  9. From what I gather it was until recently still a thing. But I'm not up to date with new developments. Lure fishing for trout is a thing there also. Tasmanian devils are popular in both NZ and Australia for trout. Personally I'm a big fan of the Rebel Crawfish. There's a plague of invasive American crayfish in the UK so I figured it makes sense to use American crayfish lures and they do indeed work like a charm. The stream green teeny wee is my favourite. Can't buy them here though.
  10. I also want to fish in NZ. Also a stunning place with great fishing. I figure what's done is done in terms of the introduction of invasive fish. Now fishing for them and removing them is helping the situation. Tight lines.
  11. With fishing, even where it's not owned by the gentry there's sort of a cultural hangover from it. My local reservoir for example is a rainbow trout fishery and is fly only. Whenever a trout fishery opens to other methods this is met by a chorus of complaints from fly fishermen. For Dartmoor on the other hand one must apply for a permit from the Duchy of Cornwall, and it's strictly all fly only. I started fishing in Japan and got a bit of a culture shock upon returning the UK and expecting to be able to fish like normal. Most people who started fishing in the UK seem to support its d
  12. It's interesting that some see salmon as a "poor man's fish". In the UK it isn't seen like that. Salmon and trout are regarded as game fish and fishing for them is usually fly only. Fly fishing is the branch of fishing that has been practiced by the upper class. Non salmonid fish are referred to as coarse fish and have traditionally been fished for by everyone else. From what I gather, and correct me if I'm wrong, a similar difference exists with venison. In the UK only the landed gentry can hunt dear. Similarly with pheasants, grouse and other game. Whereas in the US venison can be hunt
  13. Oh I already found your doc about the anchorages and read your account of tying the boat up. I was thinking how I'd manage it on my own.
  14. I can stay for 90 days and then just apply for an extension to stay longer. From what I gather Chileans have a positive view of Brits.
  15. No I'm not. Maybe my idea wont work but if it would don't you think it would be good? Think of all the fish most sailors eat. Wouldn't it just be super convenient to be able to just hang it inside a box like that to cook? The only reason people think I'm trolling is that they're conflating what I plan to do with "rounding the horn". The route I'll take isn't so dangerous, according to authors with extensive experience of it. https://www.cruiserswiki.org/wiki/Mar_del_Plata_to_Beagle_Channel
  16. What about if you got a steel box with a door on the front and put it directly above the heater and connected it with a shot section of chimney pipe and then had the chimney coming out of that box and up out of the boat? The box section would be wide enough that there'd be enough space for the air to flow even with something inside it. It would be too hot to be a very good smoker but it could maybe work as a sort of half smoker half oven and be good for adding a bit of smoky flavour to fish and meats.
  17. These look pretty good. https://www.wallas.fi/index.php?id=828 Expensive though.
  18. Interesting thread. Having looked at it I think I'll stick with an inboard diesel. I might start a youtube channel. I'll certainly share my experiences in some form. The thing with a solid fuel stove isn't that I could always get wood. I could buy fuel in some form as easily as diesel. Presumably remote communities are using open fires themselves so must I'd expect to find fuel more my heater. I would sometimes be able to just cut up some fallen branches. I'd be able to take advantage of times when I could. But I'm currently looking at options. Given that I'll have diesel I'm looking
  19. The waters in Patagonia are calm. Its just getting into the Beagle Canal that will be tough. I'll have to time it right. Sure the channels might get windy but what special skill am I going to need to learn in order to tie my boat up with strong ropes? You guys seem to think that I'm rounding the horn, the great challenge in sailing, this notorious and dangerous place. That's not what I'm planning on doing at all. I'm planning of momentarily skirting the edge of Drakes Passage before heading into sheltered waters. It's not so outrageous. Less dangerous than the Caribbean to the Azores acco
  20. I'm pretty sure you could do it. All smokers are is wooden boxes attached to chimneys. Given that I'm going to anchored in remote places, being able to eat and keep warm in a semi self sufficient way would surely be worth it? Once I actually get to Patagonia I intend to enjoy being there. Fishing, enjoying the scenery etc.. My multi fuel heater with charcoal/coal and wood fits in much more with that. Have you guys seen the salmon in Patagonia? They're an invasive species so the more you catch the better. I was already thinking about building a smoker ashore, salt curing etc before I had t
  21. I see no reason why not. Look at this. It doesn't have to be as big as that, or made out of wood. Just a metal chamber in the top of the chimney should work. If I'm going to have the chimney anyway why not try it?
  22. So keep charcoal dust away from sparks. When I made charcoal before in a biscuit tin it was to make gunpowder. I know all about how combustible it is.
  23. I could attach a fish smoker to the chimney if my stove were burning wood... I'm planning on doing a lot of fishing. I love fishing. Cutting my own wood where I can, catching my own fish, maybe even smoking them if I can rig something on my stove chimney. Making for a better experience and lower costs.
  24. Coal sounds good. I imagine there's probably a shop selling some in Puerto Williams. If I were to remove the engine and switch to electric or to an outboard, would it be possible to re purpose the space used by the fuel tank?
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