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Good day! I'm new to the forum and to sailing, as well. I'm here because at the beginning of 2014 I would like to travel from Central/South America up through the Caribbean back to the US via sailboat. I have no boat or much sailing experience, but I know it's possible. I'm looking for advice or suggestions about this type of trip. Anything you folks have would be awesome!
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Welcome to SailNet.

Of course the trip is possible. With no sailing experience, no boat, no idea what you're doing, the beginning of 2014 is very aggressive.

More information would be helpful.

Do you really want to learn how to sail and own a boat long-term or is this a one-off, buy any boat, go from point A to point B then dump the boat? How many people will be with you? What's your budget?

Or, are you really asking for a ride on someone else's boat?

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That's an agressive plan for someone with little sailing experience. What kind, size boat are you looking for? Budget?
If you want to hug the coastline all the way, where you are never more than a few miles from land, it may be doable. If you want to cut across the Gulf, no way would I ever attempt something like that.

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Sorry for not being clear enough. I am looking to find a ride on someone elses boat from somewhere along the coasts of Panama, Columbia, Venezuela or Brazil back to the states (or as far as they will take me). My number one goal is to make it back home safely. But, in a very close second is learning how to sail properly. I am very interested in seamanship and navigation. I love charts and maps of all kinds. I have a budget of around $3,000 with a bit more tucked away incase things go wrong. I would want to pay my way on a boat by paying for my own food and water and completing whatever tasks I am capable of. I don't know if I would be able to share cost of the boat since I have no idea how much a trip like this would cost a boat owner. Honestly, I have no idea how this whole thing is going to work. I have the physical and mental strenght to do it, but I think a lot has to do with the people you meet and the connections you make. I hope to find a captain who won't mind a bit of honest ignorant person who wants to learn. I frequent a few crewing websites and sailing forums just trying to gage how difficult my trip might be and to see if I can pick up some knowledge on the way.
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Are you female? That would increase your odds of getting a ride.

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Nope. I'm a guy. But I can see how being a female would be easier. I'll just have to deal with the gender inequality and do my best.
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Have you tried the site: findacrew?
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Dixey- Yes, I have registered with findacew.net. Right now I am just a free member, but a couple of months before I leave I am going to upgrade to premium membership. Do you have any opinions or suggestions on using that website? Thanks for throwing your two cents in!
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I have followed the site for 3 years, and it used to be free. But, I have not used it. When my wife and I wanted to sail, we just flew to Hawaii, then started going to the Yacht Clubs there, looking at their information posting boards, and interviewed with people needing a crew to the states. We sailed as crew on the "Midnight Stroller", a 55 foot cutter built in Holland owned by a Couple from Chile. It was an awesome adventure! One chilean, one Polish and one Hungarian, who all spoke 3 or more languages, and us! We were living aboard our 26' Columbia at that time, 4 years ago. We have an Island Packet 32' now. She graces the Gulf magnificently.
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Dixey-That trip from Hawaii does sound like an adventure! I will try to set something up with a captain prior to the start of my trip with findacrew.net, but if not I guess I will be walking the docks and trying to meet people. Thanks go the insight.
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