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post #154 of Old 11-24-2012
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

I skipped to the end of this thread, so this may already be covered. Never go into a risky endeavor without personal experience (gradually acquired), or instead, without hiring an experienced person to guide and help you.

Take a keel-boat sailing course, take any instruction that a local boating association or college offers, and practice lake sailing. Then bare-boat sail on chartered boats in sheltered waters like the BVI. Then do some more charter sailing on more open waters such as those in the Caribbean. You might try crewing on a boat delivery or two.

Finally, now that you have some idea what you're about and what you'll need, then look at buying your very own hole in the water. The charters will be fun, even if you decide it's just too much of a culture shock.
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