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post #9 of Old 05-28-2013
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Re: Can I make this trip as a novice

Every boat I've bought had problems at purchase. This includes new and used. I'd suggest whatever you do, take at least one day and sail it locally at your departure point. Try the motor for a couple of hours, get the sails up and down, and sleep one night on the boat checking any necessary systems including galley stuff, fresh water, etc. Put down the anchor, raise the anchor. Make sure the boat itself is safe and functional enough that the trip will be good and safe.

Then if you do it yourself, do short hops and get lots of rest. Better, do it with a buddy. Better yet, do it with a buddy who owns a similar or bigger boat. Best, do it with a buddy who has tools, knows how to use them, and has a bigger or similar sized boat.

Good luck, be safe, have fun!!
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