Re: Can I make this trip as a novice
I feel completely confident that I could single hand that boat for a 100 mile trip, but would never jump in the day I bought her and do so. I would shake it down first, as something is hiding somewhere. Its the law of boating.
I'm guessing the OP's inexperience is more an issue with knowing what to look for and how to identify improper workmanship, rather than how to physically sail a boat. They are very different skills and both required for a passage, especially a single-handed one.
Columbus, Magellan, Shackleton or Cook were all fully prepared on both accounts.
I'm sure the OP can make this trip. They just need to take it a step at at time and not launch into the fog.
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In the harsh marine environment, something is always in need of repair. Margaritas fix everything.