Tuesday, July 28, 2009


It has been a bit crazy over here lately with Zac just home and trying to work out some of the details of my trip: route, boat, sponsors, etc. The whole project is still in the conversation stage right now. I would like to go non-stop, but whether or not I can do that will depend on the boat, time, and preparation time.

As for the boat, my dad is actually designing one right now. The boat will be something like a cruising class race boat. My dad is hoping to make a boat that is smaller, around 38-40 feet, so it will be easy to singlehand. Ideally, it will be faster then most cruising boats that size going 8 - 10 knots, but stronger than a sled and other racing boats.

A lot of sailors compromise their safety for speed and the goal of this boat is to not necessarily be a race boat but to be an extremely strong boat that can reach pretty high speeds.

We met with a potential solo circumnavigator who was wanting my dad to help find him a boat. He liked the idea for the new boat and thought the plans looked good.. It is really expensive to build a whole new boat, but God-willing everything will work out in the end.


  1. Making a from-scratch boat will take years. If you want something around 40 feet that's fast and easy to singlehand, look to the Open 40 class.

    Having said that, bear in mind my recommendation of Ocean Planet - the Open 60. That's a great value boat that just begs to go around the world again...

    Best of luck.


  2. good luck with the boat hunting! lots of great resources surround you so I'm sure things will work out for you!

  3. Pretty cool. I'm confident the perfect boat will come to you!

  4. Abby,

    Glad I found your blog. I followed your brother around the world and now look forward to your journey. I am a fellow believer and am excited for you and what God has for you.

  5. Abby, Can you tell us what route you plan on taking? You cannot go through the Panama Canal because you have to solo the whole way.
    Thanks for your info, and good luck!

  6. This is a tremendous undertaking. I am impressed with you, girl. I am going to read the rest of your blog on your journey. Good Luck!