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Old 10-03-2007
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Originally Posted by sailaway21 View Post
As usual Mr. Ganier brings up an excellent point. Captain Bligh sailed his longboat because it was the only boat he had. I suspect Robert crossed the Atlantic in his boat for much the same reason. There are countless threads here devoted to the ideal cruising boat, if not the ideal deep sea boat. I suspect that many young people do not feel that they have the time, money, and certainly not the patience to acquire that lightly used Swan and end up saying, "screw it, this is what I got, I'm going".
That is pretty much the story with the guy I contacted who crossed over to the Bahamas in a boat just like mine. He didn't even have it exactly; someone loaned it to him. It was available and he didn't run into anything he could not handle. That doesn't make it a wise choice; another boat would have given him a wider margin of safety with respect to what he could handle. But he didn't purchase a boat, so his choice was yes or no. Our young friend who started this thread has more choices.
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Mr. Gainer you've hit the nail directly on the head. GO SMALL, GO YOUNG, GO NOW. I don't have much money, but I have lot of drive and ambition. I don't need a lot of food or sleep, I just need to go.

My trip will be very well researched and planned, this is why I've given myself almost a year to do so (which is a very long time for someone my age!).

Some of you may think I'm foolish, but how else will I learn, except by just doing it?

Thanks to everybody on here for all the encouragement, as well as the challenging replies!

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Bet your one of those folks who drive 'round town.

Ya give no thought to jousting with another, closing at 80+ mph, passing with 6' clearance, trusting they ain't drunk, yackin' on the phone, figurin' the GPS, slappin' the kids, lightin' the fag, changin' the station, eatin', spillin' the coffee, or fiddlin' wit da willie ... just to get somewhere ya probably didn't need to go in the first place. That's nuts!

Go ... have a bail-out plan and look at the bright side. It's less expensive to cut up and haul a 20 footer off the beach than a 40 footer. If yer dead, just think of all the taxes you're gonna get outta payin', and, best of all, no Hillary forever!
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Re: Cruising On A Cal 20

I am going to take mine next year from Miami to the Bahamas. I figure after a year of sailing on the great lakes i should be able to handle it no problem. You should not have to be rich to enjoy sailing. I could have bought a bigger boat and I am sure I will. The boat can handle the trip. The reason is the adventure, and accomplishment. It us just being different. So I,think training and outfitting are the key. I have done many dangerous things in my life safely. The trick is being prepared for the worst and plan for the best.
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