Originally Posted by denverd0n
Before you head to the Caribbean from Florida, google "thorny path." Sailing south and east from Florida, down along the islands, is not nearly as easy as it appears from just looking at a map.
welcome to sailn.and life on the water,everyone above is correct,being you will have plenty of time i would careful buy your boat but buy the best one you can afford,fixer-uppers can be expencive even if you can do most of the fixing yourself! right now good boats are relatively cheap!i would spend atleast a year cruising the coast perhaps south in the winter and more north during the really hot months and especially july-nov.huricane season,best of luck with your new life.ken owens