Prac­ti­cal Mat­ters

Power & Motor Yacht - - EXPOSURE -

AD­VICE FROM THE CREW OF ARGO THAT CAN HELP MAKE ANY VOY­AGE A SUC­CESS.

There’s an old say­ing: “Calm seas don’t make a good sailor.” Well, I prob­a­bly have to buy that now. To pre­pare for any­thing that comes your way, my ad­vice would be to make sure your boat is sound. The rule on Argo is the boat comes first. That’s our safety. And then ob­vi­ously the crew comes sec­ond, but you need to keep the boat to­gether more than any­thing else. Down in Patag­o­nia the weather is a real big is­sue and you re­ally need to keep an eye on it. —PaulHawran

There were times the satel­lite went out; there were times the en­gine went out; there were times the com­put­ers went out. I al­ways re­mind peo­ple to take pa­per charts. A lot of peo­ple get spoiled with their com­put­ers, and Paul has got re­dun­dan­cies on every pos­si­ble sys­tem, but with­out a pa­per chart and a good map and a chan­nel 16 phone, a trip like this would be im­pos­si­ble. —AndyUl­it­sky

When things turn bad, they turn bad quick and you have to be pre­pared. You al­most have to cruise in a prepara­tory mode, so to speak. You’re al­ways an­tic­i­pat­ing some­thing is go­ing to go wrong, and you have that next anchorage ready in case some­thing comes up. As we would cruise, Paul would be look­ing ahead 15 min­utes, 30 min­utes, 45 min­utes, al­ways in search of a pos­si­ble anchorage if we needed it. It’s a very rugged piece of the world. —Jef­fDruek

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