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HandyBilly 03-30-2012 02:21 AM

Bump. I just ran across this great topic again buried deep in the fori.

redw2c 03-30-2012 10:57 PM

Hi All,
The posts were fantastic.
Thanks for sharing.


Auzzee 10-01-2012 04:50 AM

I just ran across the attached blog regarding watchkeeping....and a whole load of other good stuff that's well considered and excellent advice
Rebel Heart - Eric's Blog

This guy's got 'the knowledge'.

nisvan 10-09-2012 04:27 PM


Originally Posted by imagine2frolic (Post 14028)
OH MY!!!!!!!

I started with the dream of sailing away with my wife. She refused to learn to handle the boat properly. Her actual statement to me was no man is going to tell me what to do. Well I suggested lessons from a club, or something. This became an issue. One day she said to me well maybe I just won't go.....>/wub.gif

Great story! Thanks for sharing that.

nisvan 10-09-2012 04:54 PM


Originally Posted by islandseeker (Post 14151)
For the truth is that I already know as much about my fate as I need to know. The day will come when I will die. So the only matter of consequence before me is what I will do with my alloted time. I can remain on shore, paralyzed with fear, or I can raise my sails and dip and soar in the breeze.

- RICHARD BODE>/cool.gif

Bode is the man; love his books.

1ketch 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.

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