Is it dangerous to sail across the Atlantic?

Can you take a sailboat across the Atlantic?

A good place to start might be with the question: can I sail across the Atlantic and back in the yacht I have now? In most cases, the answer is yes. Almost any well-prepared yacht of 30ft and upwards can tackle the downwind crossing, and indeed there is no reason why an even smaller boat can’t do it successfully.

What is the safest way to cross the Atlantic?

So, the default options are: go south for comfort and safety; go north for speed. Most boats take a more middle route, depending on the forecast. Chris Tibbs is a meteorologist and sailor with over 250,000 miles at sea, including three circumnavigations and six speed records.

How safe is it to sail around the world?

Statistically speaking, sailing is one of the safest ways of seeing the world. But you can make it more dangerous if you’re not careful. The problem of piracy highlighted in our current (March) issue and the proliferation of attacks throughout the Indian Ocean is but one example.

How long does a boat take to cross the Atlantic?

Depending on a ship’s speed, it generally takes between six and eight days to actually cross the Atlantic. Many lines choose to add a few ports of call, and this will stretch the length of the cruise to two weeks or more.

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Is it safe to sail across the Pacific?

Fatalities are very rare. Estimates put annual Pacific crossings by small yachts between 600 and 800; it’s hard to get an accurate count since multiple routes and countries are involved. For those trips, fatalities are rare while crossing.

What is a good size sailboat to live on?

For a sailboat to be considered as a liveaboard, it needs to be at least 30ft. Anything smaller and the boat will be cramped for anyone other than a solo sailor. However, the larger the boat, the greater the cost of ownership. The ideal size sailboat to live on would be 35-45 feet for most people.