Statistics from the Logbook
June 1998 through December 2000 (Florida to New Zealand)
From departure until January 1, 2001, Heartsong III sailed 12,000 miles and visited 70 different ports (some more than once) and 17 different countries or island groups. We have averaged about 650 nautical miles per month, including one multi-day passage. On average, we have visited just under one country per month, and about one port per week.
All of these stats ignore the full year we spent in New Zealand, where we left the boat for land travel in New Zealand and Australia.
According to sailing magazines, the average percentage of days a typical cruiser spends some portion of the daylight hours underway is about 20%, plus or minus. At 29%, we move around maybe slightly more than average.
- Days since departed USA: 560
- Days spent sailing, including daysails and passages: 163 (29%)
- Nights in port: 489 (87.6%)
- Nights at sea: 69 (12.4%)
Nights in Port
- At anchor: 256 (52%)
- On a mooring: 66 (14%)
- At the dock: 138 (28%)
- On the hard: 29 (6%)
- Number of passages (overnight or longer): 21
- Longest passage: 16.25 days, 3000 nm
- Average passage length: 3.3 days
Boat Speed & Range on Passage
- Best day noon to noon: 215 nm
- Average day noon to noon: 190 nm
- Best speed: 12.1 knots
- Best speed maintained over 1 hour: 10.5 knots
- Average speed (port entrance to entrance): 7.9 knots