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#1
One day I want to build a boat made of wood, a longship, and with friends who are looking for adventure, we would sail across this the atlantic and touch Europe.

Is it possible?

People used to do it all the time, How long did their voyages take?
#4
Would cost HUGE amounts of money for materials. Would be cheaper to fly there. Over and over and over and over and over...
#5
People might get the wrong idea when you board england in a longboat, you know.
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#6
IF you could get everything to be water sealed, it's possible.
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#7
Touch Europe?

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#9
I bet you'd die, and that'd be sad.

Good luck.
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No. The weather would destroy it. The open seas are NOT calm and peaceful or whatever you think it is. Sail boats have to take alternate routes to avoid bad weather areas.
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People might get the wrong idea when you board england in a longboat, you know.



It's not impossible to cross the atlantic if you've got the experience and the equipment. But, by judging your post, i'd guess you have neither.

I knew some guys, they were like 60 years old when they did this, the three of them sailed down to Haiti from Sweden in (i think it was) a rather small sloop.
They only returned because they ran out of medicine...

I say, give this idea a rest.
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Would cost HUGE amounts of money for materials. Would be cheaper to fly there. Over and over and over and over and over...

What if I chop the wood down myself ?
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What if I chop the wood down myself ?


Illegally chopping down trees, that will multiply your costs by 10, have fun.
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No. The weather would destroy it. The open seas are NOT calm and peaceful or whatever you think it is. Sail boats have to take alternate routes to avoid bad weather areas.

Then how was it done those many years ago ?
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Then how was it done those many years ago ?


Really big boats, with a crew who knew how to sail.
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Illegal yes, but I wouldn't plan on anyone catching me.
#21
Dude, do you know what kind of materials you need? I'm pretty sure that you can't get the right sized trees in many places anymore. You need tons of really tall trees and those don't grow... on trees.

It would cost thousands of dollars to get the materials. Less if you own forested land but you have to transport them. It takes much skill, labour and time too.

Bad idea.
#22
dude, there'd be no way.


seriously, no way. you'd either
a) be capsized midocean (good luck getting help out there)
b) starve to death
c) thirst to death
d) get attacked by some random not yet discovered sea creature
e) get raped by sailors
f) get raped by pirates
g) get raped by sailing pirates
h) die


I don't really see a good outcome here.....:/


but in all seriousness, you could attempt it. but you better be sure someone is keeping "track" of you the whole way. maybe by GPS?
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#23
It would be possible, but I would seriously recommend buying a boat instead, the cost and hard work of building a boat capable of that would just be huge, almost certainly you will get better quality(makes a big difference for long trips) and spend less money if you buy a boat.
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#24
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What if I chop the wood down myself ?

The tree in your backyard doesn't count.
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#25
It would probably take you at least 4 to 6 months to cross the atlantic given that you are horribly inexperienced.

You would also most likely misjudge the amount of food and fresh water that you would need. Scurvy and the plague would most likely take the lives of most of your crew. When you get lost or the sails rip the surviving members of the crew would resort to cannibalism and rape to satisfy their needs. Untill you all died.

If you, by some miracle, got to Europe, they would probably have seen you weeks and weeks ago and would be waiting with their armed forces. Who would blow your boat right the **** out of the water.


Oh, and this is all without taking into consideration how much time, effort, and money it would take to actually build this boat.
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Illegal yes, but I wouldn't plan on anyone catching me.


You will need very large trees, you will need many. After you cut down hundreds of large trees you will need to get them processed into boards. After this you will have to construct the boat. ????. Profit.

wat.
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What if I chop the wood down myself ?

You don't have the skills to shape it and coat it and finish it properly and so on...
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#28
It'd take probably over 6 months.
And if you built the boat without having the skills necesary.
You probably wouldn't even make it that far.
The Open sea is hardcore.


Yarghh
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It would probably take you at least 4 to 6 months to cross the atlantic given that you are horribly inexperienced.

You would also most likely misjudge the amount of food and fresh water that you would need. Scurvy and the plague would most likely take the lives of most of your crew. When you get lost or the sails rip the surviving members of the crew would resort to cannibalism and rape to satisfy their needs. Untill you all died.

If you, by some miracle, got to Europe, they would probably have seen you weeks and weeks ago and would be waiting with their armed forces. Who would blow your boat right the **** out of the water.


Oh, and this is all without taking into consideration how much time, effort, and money it would take to actually build this boat.

Why would they blow us out of the water ? If anything they'd just have us escorted by their navy forces
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Why would they blow us out of the water ? If anything they'd just have us escorted by their navy forces



Because they still remember the vikings. And you would smell suspiciously like one.
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No. The weather would destroy it. The open seas are NOT calm and peaceful or whatever you think it is. Sail boats have to take alternate routes to avoid bad weather areas.



Kontiki expedition worked fine, and it was people who had no real experience and sailed all the way across the pacific ocean
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Kontiki expedition worked fine, and it was people who had no real experience and sailed all the way across the pacific ocean

The Pacific ocean is calmer than the Atlantic
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#34
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The Pacific ocean is calmer than the Atlantic



It's still a long ****ing way, and there are major storms in the pacific, you would just need to pick the time of year.
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#35
Why not just buy a sailboat and try to sail over there? It'd probably be cheaper, and your boat would be able to make the journey.

I think the people you're talking about who did what you're trying to do were more in this area




they went through areas like the English Channel, and smaller distances. They didn't cross the Atlantic Ocean.


my advice is to get a sailboat, learn to sail (or you'll die) and plan a route with help from someone who knows what they're doing. Sailboats are almost impossible to capsize, and they're simple to sail.
#36
Is there a way to learn how to build one ? A school of some sort ? Surely craftsmanship isn't a dead art!


EDIT: And where can I learn to sail ?
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Do you mean a full sized boat..?
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Do you mean a full sized boat..?



I mean a boat roughly the size of a drakkar... or Snekkja..
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