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post #181 of Old 11-30-2012
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

I would recommend reading several good "How to Sail Books" and even taking one of those Basic Learn to Sail Course offered by Offshore Sailing School, etc. They cost about $500-$800 bucks for the basic ones. After that, either rent or charter a sturdy 20-26 ft boat to practice aboard. I have seen Flickas and Contessas and Pearson Tritons in the $10-$15K range. Those have all gone across Oceans. I sailed as a kid, daysailing, racing, but only took up cruising in my early 30s. Chapman's Boating is invaluable. Take small steps, but it shouldn't take you years to get out there. Read, practice sailing....GO! Fair Winds!!!!
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