I would love a blue water boat, but the facts of life at this moment are that I need to be happy with what I got, and I need to be happy with it for quite a while. Even if I pursue my dream of quitting my job and going cruising in two years time, if I buy another boat (even a "10K bluewater boat" lol) then that just means I won't have any money left to go cruising, so I'd rather go with what I got than never go.
My question is, if I watch the weather carefully and ONLY go out when there is a solid window, and carry all the right safety gear, what kind of destinations are safely possible for a "coastal" production boat?
I know the western Bahamas are easily within reach if you wait for a weather window.
How about island-hopping some other parts of the Caribbean? (PR
, Cuba, etc)
How about other destinations? (west coast? Gulf Coast? etc)
PS I have a 1981 Hunter 25, shoal draft fixed keel