- Jul 27, 2011
By endurance I mean the traditional definition--the number of days or months a vessel can stay at sea b/f having to return to shore to take on supplies and stores. Big boats have more tankage for water and fuel, storage, room for batteries, room for solar panels and etc. If a vessel cannot remain at sea (or at anchor in pristine areas w/ no services) for at least a month with two people aboard it has too little endurance for my needs (and wishes). Now, of course, a watermaker would help to extend a boat's endurance, but you need a place to put one and the power to operate it, etc.... though endurance in rough conditions, or even the hot sun, can be less.