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Half-Safe for sure but a circumnavigator nevertheless

David Scott Cowper and Polar Bound

Idlewild's extraordinary circumnavigation

Kanaloa completes first circumnavigation

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Passagemaking Under Power(TM)

Bruce and Joan Kessler and Zopilote

Voyage of Egret

Honor roll of the 18 yachts that have voyaged around the world under power, as compiled by Circumnavigator magazine

Name
Country
Name of vessel
Make or type
LOA
Dates
Notes
Albert Gowen
U.S
Speejacks
Custom
98'
1921-22
First yacht without sails to circumnavigate East to West.
Don & Ann Gumpertz
U.S.
Westward
Custom
86'
1970-76
First yacht without sails to circumnavigate West to East.
Larry Briggs
U.S.
Champion
Custom Lapworth
52'
1977-80
First trawler yacht to circumnavigate, East to West.
Eilco Kasemier
Holland
Bylgia II
Custom
39' 1/2"
1983-84
First Dutch trawler yacht to circumnavigate, and still the smallest, East to West, in only 198 days.
David Scott Cowper
England
Mabel E. Holland
Converted lifeboat
42'
1984-85
First singlehanded circumnavigation under power, East to West.
David Scott Cowper
England
Mabel E. Holland
Converted lifeboat
42'
1986-90
Singlehanded circumnavigation via the Northwest Passage, East to West.
Bruce & Joan Kessler
U.S.
Zopilote
Delta 70
70'
1990-93
East to West circumnavigation by a tireless advocate of passagemaking under power.
Jim & Susy Sink
U.S.
Salvation II
Nordhavn 46
45' 9”
1990-95
First production trawler yacht to circumnavigate, West to East
Ghanim Al-Othman
Kuwait
Othmani
Nordhavn 46
45" 9"
1998-99
First Arab trawler yacht to circumnavigate, West to East.
Jim Leishman et al
U.S.
Nordhavn
Nordhavn 40
39' 9"
2001-02
Smallest production trawler yacht to circumnavigation, East to West.
Heidi & Wolfgang Hass
Germany
Kanaloa
Nordhavn 46
45' 9"
1996-02
First German trawler yacht to circumnavigate, East to West.
Larry Briggs
U.S.
Chartwell
Cheoy Lee
55’
1998-03
Second circumnavigation, East to West. He has started his third circumnavigation, also with Chartwell, also westabout.
Don & Alicia Hallerberg
U.S.
Alicia Dawn
Hatteras
77’
2000-03
Out of Fort Lauderdale, East to West. They have started a second circumnavigation, also westabout.
David Scott Cowper
England
Polar Bound
Custom
48'
2003-04
Third circumnavigation under power, second via the Northwest Passage, all singlehanded, all East to West.
Ben Gray & sons
Canada
Idlewild
Custom Buehler
57’
2005-06
Via the Northwest Passage, after starting far inland and portaging to the sea, in a quick 329 days, West to East.
Heidi & Wolfgang Hass
Germany
Kanaloa
Nordhavn 46
45' 9"
2003-08
Third circumnavigation in all, second under power in Nordhavn 46, East to West. First production powerboat to circumnavigate twice.
Eric & Christi Grab
U.S.
Kosmos
Nordhavn 43
43'
2007-09
A fairly quick circumnavigation, East to West, by the youngest crew to date: thirty-somethings
Scott & Mary Flanders
U.S.
Egret
Nordhavn 46
45' 9"
2006-11
A desire to see as much of the globe as possible eventually leads to a circumnavigation—via the five major capes of the Southern Ocean.

Other noteworthy circumnavigations under power:

  • Ben Carlin in Half-Safe, an amphibious Jeep
  • Bryan Peterson of the U.S. in Sunrider, a modified Zodiac 24
  • Alan Priddy in Spirit of Cardiff, a 33-foot hard-bottom inflatable
  • Earthrace, a 78-foot wave-piercing trimaran running biodiesel, which set a speed record of 60 days, 23 hours, 49 minutes

Most miles voyaged without actually completing as circumnavigation:

  • Michael Poliza in Starship, a Northern Marine 75, who covered 75,000 nautical milers in 1,009 days at sea during a voyage from Anacortes, Washington, to Hamburg in his native Germany
  • Honorable mention for Marty and Marge Wilson of the Nordhavn 62 Karma, who circumnavigated under sail, but after 57,000 nautical miles aboard Karma said they felt fulfilled without going all the way around again

Most honorable mention:

  • Robert Beebe whose 50,000 sea miles in the original Passagemaker launched the trawler yacht era

Editor’s note: If you have an addition or correction, please let Trawlers & Trawlering know.

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