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post #102 of Old 03-09-2012
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

I sailed to the Bahamas in 2009 on a Morgan 24 and stayed for a few of weeks. It can easily be done in a $19K-15K boat especially if as you described you would spend a couple of months sailing in friendly waters get to know your boat and preparing it for cruising. Get a book "Sailing & Rig Tuning" by Ivan Dedekam. It is the best book on sails & sailing that I have found. Plan to use solar cells to keep up your batteries or have a diesel inboard. Anchoring in the Bahamas is always iffy so have 3 anchors aboard of different types with one of them quite large. When sailing, reef when you first think it might be a good idea. It is not a race, so having your biggest sail up is not all that important. Watch the weather an try to stay in port when a storm is coming, or the wind is going to be strong.
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