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Old 09-18-2007, 11:06 PM   #1
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Hello everyone, I'm very new here, just found this site today.

I'm very interested in cruising. I'm a little lost on where to begin. I'm planning on buying a powered boat in the next few years. If this site is only for sailing cruisers let me know and I'll keep looking.

I'm wondering about so many things like, ... what size boat would be acceptable for cruising between Florida and the Bahamas (say Ft. Lauderdale and Nassau). The only boats I'm familiar with are bayliners... I don't know if even their cruisers would be appropriate for what I like. How big should my gas tank be?

are there places to refuel on the way?

I know I'll have many more questions as time goes on but I'm just getting started right now

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Old 09-19-2007, 03:38 AM   #2
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Everybody is welcome here. Hah! I'm a sailor on a power catamaran! Not a sail to be seen. See our blog site for some info, though I'm shockingly lazy about keeping it up to date.

We used to sail. a lot. long distances, too. age got to us, as it gets everybody in the end.

Ask away.

Yeah, a bayliner might work. You just have to watch the weather a bit more carefully in a smaller, lighter boat. Lots of those boats cross to Bimini every year.

this winter we should be heading there, too!

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Old 09-19-2007, 04:15 AM   #3
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Hi NassauKate and welcome!

As Jeanne said, everybody is welcome.

I am sure you will learn a lot here. We have some very experienced members who will gladly answer any questions you may have.

Enjoy your stay with us. I hope it is a long one!

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Old 09-24-2007, 07:28 PM   #4
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I would think along what my budget lines are. Then go to YACHTWORLD.COM, and there you will find hundreds if not thousands of options. You need a fat kitty to cruise with most power boats that are fit enough to cross the Stream in uncomfortable weather. Let alone if the weather is snotty, and from anywhere north.
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