Go Back   Cruiser Log World Cruising & Sailing Forums > Cruising Forums > General Cruising Forum
Cruiser Wiki

Join Cruiser Log Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 08-27-2006, 09:04 AM   #1
One of Those
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Home Port: Providenciales
Vessel Name: S/V Twisted Sheets
Posts: 27
Default hello from another newbie cruising wannabe

Hello.Hoping for advice,eventually, but right now just looking to get involved with cruising people. By way of introduction, My wife and I haveactually already embarked upon our dream life. A year ago we moved from the USA to the tropics. We are building a house here. As that process is underway we are turning our attention seriously to the next part of our dream which is to find a catamaran for the two of us, a small dog, and the occasional weekend guest or two. The two of us (and hopefully the dog) want to be able to cruise from the TCI up as far as Harbor Island, and down as far as Trinidad, over to Central America, possibly the Gulf Coast. Not really interested in trans-oceanic, at the moment. I spent 40 years in offshore/underwater businesses, and so have spent many many months of my life at sea and in foreign ports. So I know a thing or two about boats, the ocean, navigation, engines, etc. etc. BUT I never lived on a sailboat except for a week on a 42 ft. catamaran. I am hoping to find something like (from what I have read) a Gemini 105. I dont mind doing engine or carpentry work. There are no such boats here in this country that I know of, so will be looking to buy and sail/motor back.

I hope I might be able to contribute something here, from time to time, if it involves something I know about. I am positive I will learn somthing from you guys.
__________________

__________________
Life in the Devil's Triangle
http://2gringos.blogspot.com/
canibul is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2006, 11:14 AM   #2
Moderator
 
JeanneP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 2,098
Default

Welcome. I think it would be fair to say that we all benefit from the knowledge and experience of each other. I'm sure we will benefit from yoiur knowledge as well.
__________________

__________________
In 1986 we went cruising for a few years. After 20 years and 50+ countries and several oceans, we are STILL "cruising for a few years".

SY WATERMELON |
MV WATERMELON (New) | Cruiser's Dictionary, free ebook

= Cruiser's Dictionary, North America,
JeanneP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2006, 08:16 PM   #3
imported_admin
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Welcome aboard!
__________________
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2006, 09:32 PM   #4
One of Those
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Home Port: Providenciales
Vessel Name: S/V Twisted Sheets
Posts: 27
Default

thank you for the welcome. I would be interested if any of the other readers here have much experience with Gemini 105M or MC, and if its considered suitable for the type of island hopping we want to do. We started out in love with the Leopard 42, but have downsized to a more realistic goal of finding a Gemini or equivalent that needs some work at a price we can handle.
__________________
Life in the Devil's Triangle
http://2gringos.blogspot.com/
canibul is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2006, 08:40 PM   #5
One of Those
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Home Port: Providenciales
Vessel Name: S/V Twisted Sheets
Posts: 27
Default

Just as a matter of curiousity, do any of you cruisers know what the used boat market is like in Cuba? Fidel must have seized a few boats over the years, or the people who left Cuba must have owned some boats that they left there.

I am just a short hop from Cuba, and was wondering if thats even a possibility.
__________________
Life in the Devil's Triangle
http://2gringos.blogspot.com/
canibul is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2006, 10:59 PM   #6
Ensign
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 11
Default

Spent two yrs on a Gemini... loved every minute of it. For the cruising you mention it would be a good choice. This is not a blue water boat, never meant to be. Perfectly made for Bahamas cruising ... you can go places canoes fear to tread!

Know the limits of the boat and a safe weather window before crossing into open expanses of ocean. I never once got even so much as a scare, (ok once).

While shopping be patient... looked at many weekend only rats and then found a sweet boat owned by a liveaboard. Thought it would be the other way around. Duckhead.
__________________

__________________
Duckhead is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Wannabe Sindbad habanaman The Tavern | Welcome Aboard 2 08-02-2011 11:55 AM
Newbie Says Hi From Fl inestimable The Tavern | Welcome Aboard 3 05-25-2010 03:56 PM
Wannabe bugsmoran21 The Tavern | Welcome Aboard 3 12-17-2008 05:57 PM
Another Newbie ExCalif The Tavern | Welcome Aboard 4 04-25-2007 06:58 AM
New wannabe cruisers slainte General Cruising Forum 11 08-17-2005 07:12 PM

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

RV & Travel Trailer Communities

Our RV & Travel Trailer sites encompasses virtually all types of Recreational Vehicles, from brand-specific to general RV communities.

» More about our RV Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


All times are GMT. The time now is 04:56 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0