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Old 11-29-2007
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I agree with Cam. I'm an experienced blue water sailor now, but I remember our first Gulf Stream crossings to the Bahamas too. Wait for the right weather, always know where the nearest safe harbor is & go - you won't regret it. Heck, I liked it so much I kept going & now I'm 1/3 of the way around the world.

You didn't mention what kind of boat you have. Is it well-found? Are all the reefing lines rigged? Does it have an inner forestay & staysail? Proper anchors? A good engine? Do you know the age & pedigree of the rigging? etc, etc. If the answer to all of these questions is yes, then have fun!
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