1. You don’t need a special boat
The most common transatlantic yachts these days are ordinary production cruisers with standard kit.
2. Keep it simple. A smart crossing is all about consistent speed, 24 hours a day. The key is not to have downtime.
4. Get some extra training. Diesel engine maintenance, sea survival, medical and first aid training and courses run by manufacturers on servicing and maintaining their equipment are all invaluable preparation – for crew as well as skipper.
5. Make the most of your time out.
6. Take more crew for the crossing.
7. Prepare for gear failure and carry spares.
8. Shore support. Keeping a crew at sea in touch with the real world is as important as keeping those at home informed about life on board.
9. Be smart with your provisioning.
10. Fuel. It’s difficult to have too much, even in a sailing boat.
Carry some jerrycans – fuel is often a taxi-ride away from the shore!