You already knew the number of crew. Just the two of you. But the weight of stores? How on earth do you estimate that? Well, you come to me, of course. I know these things. Here are the rules of thumb:
Crew: Multiply number of crew by 160 pounds.
Stores: Allow 6 pounds per person per day.
Water: Allow 8.5 pounds per person per day. (That's a little more than 1 gallon U.S.)
Safety reserve: Add it all up, then add 50 percent.
Personal gear: Allow 5 pounds per day, or a maximum of 120 pounds per person. For permanent liveaboards, make that a maximum of between 500 and 1,000 pounds.
So here's an example. Find the smallest boat needed for two people with water and provisions for six weeks.
—Displacement (within 10 percent) = (weight of crew and stores) x 7.
—Longest time between provisionings = 42 days.
—Number of crew = 2. Weight = 2 x 160 = 320 pounds.
—Daily stores = 6 pounds x 2 crew x 42 days = 504 pounds.
—Water = 8.5 pounds x 2 crew x 42 days = 714 pounds.
—Safety reserve = 504 (stores) + 714 (water) = 1,218 x 1.5 = 1,827.
Personal gear = 120 pounds x 2 = 240 pounds.
—Total weight of stores, safety reserve, and personal gear = 1,827 + 240 = 2,067 pounds.
—Displacement required = 2,067 x 7 = 14,469 pounds, or 6.5 tons.
—Displacement within 10 percent = 13,000 to 16,000 pounds (5.8 to 7 tons).
Now you know how big a boat to look for. So let the dream proceed.
(Or else, if you're like most of us, you can just wing it, and go in the boat you've already got.)
Today's ThoughtI believe it to be true that dreams are the true interpreters of our inclinations, but there is art required to sort and understand them.
— Montaigne, Essays III
TailpieceIf an S and an I and an O and a U
With an X at the end spell Su,
And an E and a Y and an E spell I,
Pray what is a speller to do?
Then if, also, an S and an I and GAnd H E D spell side,
There's nothing much else for one to do
But go and commit sioux-eyesighed.
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