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Old 03-22-2007
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Sheila,

I do not know whether you are for real or not. You have never made a post here, then you post wanting someone to plop you and some buddies on a boat to head out for the reefs. I want to take your post in good faith, but have you considered:

1) The cost of the diesel.
2) The cost of outfitting.
3) Water cap/sewage (or are you just going to dump that on the reefs) on most cruising sailboats?
4) Room inside the average sailboat?
5) Space for gear on the average sailboat?

Have you ever sailed? Do your compadres get sea sick? Can you weather a blow offshore for days? Do you have any idea how many hundreds of thousands of dollars a personal yacht costs?

I know it sounds intersting off the cuff to say, "Hey, lets see if anyone that we have never met would like to take 4 complete strangers on their yacht with them and cut out across the ocean for the sake of coral reef conservation?"

I am not opposed to your theory, but the implications and practicality of it on a maybe 40 foot boat (which would be considered on the large side for most cruising boats) is crazy. You need a research vessell for that or you need to charter a boat yourselves with a captain (assuming you do not know how to sail).

Without exception, on this board, ssca, cruisersforum, etc... you will find a real empathy for the environement and reefs especially. But I don't think you realize what you are asking.

- CD

PS Do YOU want to hop on a boat with a stranger(s) whom you have no idea of their seamanship skills, and hop across the ocean? Ever seen Capt Ron... or more likely Dead Calm???
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