Our previous blog post featured sailor Peter Lange sailing his Weta tri. In this post I am linking to Peter’s blog from a couple years back which detailed his preparation for and cruising to The Bahamas on a 19.5’ Tramp trimaran.
His name for this Tramp Tri was “AMA MAMA“. Once again, he features a lot of info about both his preparation and the trip itself.
This blog can be found at the following address: http://littleyellowtramp.blogspot.com/ (Go back to the 2015 entries and earlier to read about AMA MAMA.
“The biggest challenge was getting enough boat speed to cross the Gulf Stream in choppy seas against the current. I was trying to go Southeast with an East wind and a North current in 15 to 20 knots of wind. However, a number of factors come into play in a small, relatively heavy trimaran like a Tramp:
— The Tramp is heavy relative to sail plan and slow even in medium strength winds.
— Pushing a relatively light boat though 3 to 4 foot wind wave / chop is challenging even without a current.
— When the Gulf Stream is added in, the result was 0 knots boat speed! And that was on the West edge of the Gulf Stream; i.e not the maximum current.
The only way forward to me at the time was to eliminate the Gulf Stream as a factor and actual use it. So, I turned Northeast, was able to make slow progress to the East, but I did not make my intended anchorage at West End Grand Bahama. Instead, I anchored in the open on the Bahama Bank.
Of course, the wave/chop was not consistent in period or height, and I was taking waves over the bow and into the cockpit on a regular basis. The Tramp is a tank of a trimaran though, and was a good choice for the trip albeit slow. I would not do this trip in a Weta. If things would have turned worse, I was prepared to deploy a sea anchor until things settled down.
I was in a similar situation going up the Sea of Abaco; i.e. tacking into steep chop in a narrow tacking channel. Of course, this was without the Gulf Stream, but I was still only able to make about 2 knots VMG.
Bottom line – you and your boat need to be prepared for whatever the sea throws at you.”
— Peter Lange
When you visit Peter’s blog to read about this Tramp trimaran cruise to the Bahamas you’ll likely see the following YouTube video his family made about the trip...