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post #4 of Old 03-14-2009
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Originally Posted by Jay2 View Post
1) What are the duties of 'standing watch' and what are you watching for?
Watching for other boats and especially ships. Watching to see that the course of the boat (direction) is still good and on or near the rhumb line you want. Watching for changes in weather and adjusting sails or course if necessary.
2) When pulled in to a quiet inlet and anchored do you still need nighttime watch?
Some would call this an anchor watch. You do not want the anchor to foul while you are sleeping that would allow the boat to drift onto a reef or ashore.
3) Cost wise wouldn't you want to mostly anchor close to a town rather than use a marina?
Anchoring is obviously cheaper.
4) If you anchor and take your dinghy in, where do you leave it and does it cost to leave it?
Many places have a dinghy dock. I am not sure how many charge for this service.
5) on a swing keel boat, if you hit shallow reef does the keel move up?
Generally, yes.
6) are you allowed nighttime campfires on the beaches of the smaller islands?
Depends on the place. If it is remote enough there would be no one there to stop you.
7) what would be the minimum size boat you would use for carib living?
I can't answer this.
8) do you sleep on deck?
This can be nice if there are no bugs.
9) for extras what is the #1 must have item? solar? generator? microwave? elec fridge?
10) is Cuba safe?
I don't know. I've never been there.
11) do you prefer a wheel or tiller for carib cruising? Tiller gives more room in cockpit would be my thought.
Some say a wheel takes up less cockpit space.
12) is a dodger a necessity?
Probably not but a Bimini to keep the sun off is indispensable.
13) how long can you stay in the Bahamas as a visitor?
I am not sure but it has to be a couple of months.
14) is Turks a friendly place to stay?
I've been to Providenciales, or Provo in TCI. It was friendly enough.
15) is a cat more expensive to stay at marinas?
If it is a very wide boat it can be more expensive then a monohull as you may have to pay for a double slip.
16) does a cat have less rocking from the waves?
A cat heels less when sailing but this does not make it immune to wave action.

Thats it for now. Thanks.
Those are my thumbnail thoughts to all those questions.
Good luck.

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