Peter B. Voss of Krumbach, Bavaria DEU asks:
Thanks for all your very clear information on the technical side of the
boat, the country and people.
For me, it is nice to read the comments about the technical problems
and the solutions. Do you communicate emails via ssb (short wave)
and what are your expiriences? Is it a must to have the licence for ssb?
I am in contact with NH for the 40/II or 43, but now I am not 100%
sure than my wife are angry to go on the atlantic with a small boat. I
love the high sea with the sailboat (35.000NM), but I was never on a
motorboat in big waves. Do you heard something about 40 or 43? What
are the big different points?
I am 65 years old and I am not surely is it right to switch to a motor
It will be nice to have your comments about my questions?
All the best,
Scott Flanders from Egret responds:
Peter, good to hear from you again. We have a SSB on board Egret. For us
it has been a source of aggravation but saying that, most long distance
cruising sailboats use it regularly with good results. In my opinion you
can buy an Iridium phone, and a spare as we did using Ocens e-mail and
weather software for about the same amount. Egret's Iridium phone works
every time without regard to radio propagation. Ocen's weather service is
excellent. (www.ocens.com) You do not need a license for a SSB. For using
the additional ham SSB frequencies there is no longer a requirement for
taking the Morse code portion. It is now a multiple choice question
I remember you have or had a quality brand sailboat. A stabilized powerboat
on the ocean is an entirely different motion. You are inside ALL the time
and comfortable. With your sea miles transition to a powerboat in big waves
is not an issue. All you do is simply match your speed to the conditions.
If in extremely large seas you will have to change direction for the
duration of the storm to be comfortable just like your sailboat.
I have to be careful here in choosing boats not to offend anyone. The new
40II is a better boat than the original 40 with its enlarged pilot house and
other features. I believe for going offshore the 43 has some distinct
advantages. Longer waterline for more speed, a midship master stateroom vs
a forward stateroom, a larger engine room, more storage AND 1200 gallons of
fuel vs 940 for a 40. (We would kill for the 43's extra 200 gallons vs
Egret's 1000 gallons) Both are good boats built to the same standards.
Age has nothing to do with it. In fact, if anything age IS the reason to
switch to power. Power is so much easier. As far as your wife enjoying
power tell her there is life after 12 degrees (of heel underway). She will
actually be able to walk around the boat with no tilt. The stove/oven is
NOT gimbaled. It doesn't NEED to be. Don't forget about the washer/dryer,
etc. On watch under way all you do is watch the radar and scan the
instruments. NO sail changes, etc. She'll see.
Good luck to you. Fair winds.