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Old 06-20-2018, 03:18 PM   #1
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This should forever put to rest the question of size required to cross oceans

"Father's Day" - the smallest boat to cross the Atlantic Ocean / sailed by Hugo Vihlen from Newfoundland to England in 106 days.
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Old 06-20-2018, 05:07 PM   #2
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Florida registration. Prolly had to do that to avoid the Canadian bucket rule. No room.
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Old 06-20-2018, 05:59 PM   #4
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I met him once. He lived next door to a friend of mine in Homestead Florida. He had the boat he first crossed the Atlantic in, in his back yard. It was a huge boat all of 5í11Ē long. Itís name was April Fool. I donít think he had done his crossing in Fathers Day yet when I met him. Fathers Day was about six inches shorter than April Fool. At the time, he was trying to talk a museum into buying April Fool. Does anyone know what happened to it or Fathers Day? He made his living as an airline pilot.
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Old 06-20-2018, 08:08 PM   #5
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Does anyone know what happened to it or Fathers Day?
For a while, April Fool was displayed in Treasure Village place on Islamorada, right where the giant lobster used to be before they converted that shopping place to a Montessori school. It was kind of a museum exhibit.
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Old 06-20-2018, 08:25 PM   #6
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For a while, April Fool was displayed in Treasure Village place on Islamorada, right where the giant lobster used to be before they converted that shopping place to a Montessori school. It was kind of a museum exhibit.
I hope it didnít end up the dump. I had suggested that he donate it to the Miami history museum, now called History Miami. They have a pretty good marine collection already. Iím hoping that someday theyíll open a marine history museum.
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I hope it didnít end up the dump. I had suggested that he donate it to the Miami history museum, now called History Miami. They have a pretty good marine collection already. Iím hoping that someday theyíll open a marine history museum.
Jeez, it would be a shame if that went to dump and not displayed somewhere.
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Good news, it looks like April Fool is at the Mariners Museum in Virginia. Looks like they restored her. Not sure that was a good thing to do.
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Google is wonderful! Fatherís Day is in Cornwall UK.
https://nmmc.co.uk/object/boats/fath...-the-atlantic/
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That's incredible !!
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To sail around the world you need a little bit bigger.
Evgeny circumnavigated in Said starting in 1999. The boat was 3.7m long because that was as big as could fit on the balcony of his apartment during the build.
The pic is of us towing Said into Gove in Northern Australia after we found him becalmed and low on fresh water. Incredible character. He was 60 something days out of Samoa when we towed him in.

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And folks think the must have a 45 ft er to run the calm waters of the loop, or the ICW!
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And folks think the must have a 45 ft er to run the calm waters of the loop, or the ICW!
If I ever build my boat, I'll do the great loop in a 30-foot (hull length-36' overall) with 8'4" beam. However, I have seen some pretty nicely laid out 24 foot cabin boats that I would be comfortable in for long periods. I've always lived in mobile homes so I am used to confined living spaces. I never need the 1500+ square feet to live in. Sure the room is nice on a boat, but it's more that needs cleaning and up keep.



I couldn't see me sailing a coffin across the Atlantic though. I'd definately need a deep keel 45 foot sailing whale.
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If I ever build my boat, I'll do the great loop in a 30-foot (hull length-36' overall) with 8'4" beam. However, I have seen some pretty nicely laid out 24 foot cabin boats that I would be comfortable in for long periods.
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Thats a small bot in a big way,Janice! Very nice.
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And a 23'er too Ben...



You are right.
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