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Old 02-17-2006, 01:14 AM   #15
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I don't think it's all that impossible at all and after reading this persons website; http://www.sailaway.us/blog.php who sailed fom Canada to the Bahamas and back via Cuba on a 25' sloop, kinda confirms that.
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Old 02-17-2006, 04:23 AM   #16
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Benscottrobinson,

How long have you been sailing? Thats my biggest concern, is that I'll prepare for the next year and work towards it so hard, only to reallize that a year wasn't enough time.
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Old 02-17-2006, 07:29 AM   #17
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Lacey,

Yawl will have a pretty good grip on everything by the time you reach the Windward Passage... your cats, too.

Like the Nike ads say - Just Do It!

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Old 02-20-2006, 11:51 PM   #18
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Hello Kay

I've been sailing since I was 4, and have a degree in yacht and small craft design (although never used and a bit rusty now!)

BUT

This has mostly been in inshore waters around the UK - dangerous and tidal, but a different thing to long distance sailing. Also my wife has less than 4 years, and not many miles.

The thing is that last year we set a date, and have spent the year working towards it, doing everything from getting the house rented out, to passage planning (Cornells 'World Cruising Routes) saving money and spending a bomb on qualifications etc.

Em and I have a STACK of advice we could offer , but the one thing I would have done extra is to take a month or so to go and crew on a couple of long blue water legs (10 days or more). This is one thing we will have to practice when we arrive in Hawaii as part of our trials. It is a cheap holiday - flights and food only usually - and will also tell you if this is the right thing for you.

Well let us know if you need any other help, or check out http://ww w.boattales.com/tiare as from next Monday!

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Old 02-21-2006, 08:33 AM   #19
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Thank you to all of you who replied to the earlier posts. Some of you made me realize that I am way ahead of myself, and the rest of you gave me great inspiration.

Our plan has changed a little - a little more sensible now than just wanting to sail off into the sunset. I have been doing nothing but reading for the last two weeks and i have a lot better idea of reality now.

We just a purchased an old 24' weekender for about $1500. We are enrolled in private sailing lessons for 3 days this coming weekend. After that, we will spend every moment possible on the small boat learning and practicing as much as we can. We will also begin looking for a larger boat, about a 32' or 34' around the $25,000 range to purchase in August. In September we move onto the boat. The big change in our plan is that we are going to stay at home here in southwest florida for a couple months, until we feel comfortable moving on, and at that point we will only move as far as to the Keys. A few months there, and by that point, we should know what we are doing, and if you still are enjoying ourselves, we will move on the Bahamas, and so on. So the Caribbean isn't totally out of reach, but I realized that its going to be a couple of years until i get that far. And thats OK.

Someone suggested that i stick around florida for longer, it is a beautiful learning grounds. and they couldn't be more correct. that is what i will do.

i am telling you all all of this, becuase of the inspiration that i have been getting, and also becuase of the criticism. It was all so helpful, and i welcome any that you may have of my new plan.

Thanks!!!
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Old 02-22-2006, 09:36 PM   #20
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Sounds like a plan LaceyKay.

I might also point out that many years ago a couple of sailors took off on a 24 footer. They were asked if they were going to sail "around the world?" They responded- "no- just sailing to the next port, as long as it's still fun"

That couple was Lin and Larry Pardey
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Old 02-28-2006, 01:27 AM   #21
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We too are hoping to set sail this next winter. We have about 4 years experience sailing on a lake here in Colorado on a 26 ft McGregor but no real ocean experience. We are thinking of buying a Catamaran 36ft or a little bigger with all the gear already included. We too are hoping to sell our house to make this all a reality. Our twins will be 1 1/2 years by winter and we'll have to make sure we cover all the safety features as well. We are planning on taking a sailing course to help us prepare and currently reading what we can to prepare. Your plan sounds good and we may have to do something similar. We'd love to keep in touch and hear how your plans progress and likewise with ours.
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Regarding Ben Scpott Robinson's comments of the 16th Feb, let me firstly apologise for the delay in adding my comment but, in my defence, I have spent the last week in Windhoek and been a little off the main stream and out of touch.

Secondly, I wish to endorse every wotd Ben wrote! He, in fact, describes my methodology to dotting the last i and crossing the last t. I did exactly that. I bought a grp boat from 1969, long leeled and very solidly built. She had earlier problems with osmosis but this had been repaired. Now I have the boat of my dreams. At only 27' she is a little small compared to todays cruisers but I love her because I can handle her on my own or with one crew member. The other advantage, small boats.....small problems.

I would like to wish Ben bon voyage as the next few days I will be tied up do some conferensing in Cape Town so I may miss his departure. Anyway Ben, best of luck with your trip and I hope to see you in Aden or maybe somewhere in the Red Sea. Keep in touch!

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One piece of advice I forgot to impart yesterday is get your teeth checked up before leaving. Problems with your teeth tend to be, well, painfull and good dentists are not always available.

If you are heading directly for somewhere like South Africa, where dentists are excellent and charge less than where you come from then maybe you should wait until there otherwise have a check up.

Toothache at sea is a real downer. I know from experience but fortunately, when it happened to me, I was only a day's sailing from Halifax. As a result of 'repairs' there I can now say I am part Canadian!

Cheers again and the best of luck with your voyage.

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Old 03-15-2006, 12:39 PM   #24
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Laceykay,

My husband and I have the same dream, we are planning on it being our retirement plan in 3 years. We sold the power boat, bought a 35' C&C 1972 and are making all the changes necessary to go offshore in the next few years. We have many more land ties, kids houses, etc. but we have set a realistic goal and i am certain we will be able to set off when we have planned. My husband had no sailing experience when we bought the boat, we have time to gain experience sailing the puget sound area and learning about the boat by fixing all that needs attention. There is lots of advice out there, do listen to the being a newby and having a broker sell you a boat, there are too many sharks out there and there are so many friendly sailboat owners with lots of experience to draw from. Reading is a great way to get the feel of some of what you will be doing, fans the flame on the long cold northwest winter days, but there is no substitute for experience, nothing can substitute for the breeze on your face,the sound of the waves on the hull, the look of 3 inches of water in the cabin after you forget to close a through hull!

Best of luck for everything you choose to do. I hope we all are able to sail our dream!
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