||07-26-2013 01:08 PM
Many years ago, I shared many of common fears of solo sailboat cruising. How could I keep an adequate watch? What would I do in a storm? Would I get lonely? What would I do if bad guys with guns find me alone at sea or some lonely anchorage?
Today, with 5 years of solo cruising and thousands of miles of ocean in my wake, I look back and smile.
The 2013 reality is that there are hundreds, if not thousands of solo sailors banging around the Caribbean. Most likely everyone of them had the same misgivings when they started.
Most of the passages are daysails overnighters. You won't get run down unless you're an idiot. Stay awake in areas of high shipping like the Gulf Stream between Miami and the Bahamas, or the Northwest Channel. When you're out in the sticks, chill. There's not a lot out there but ocean. Drink some coffee if you want to stay awake or buy a radar if you want to catnap. Stay at home and die without ever living if you seek absolute security.