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Re: First time sail to Bahamas
Dear Experienced Sailors,
I think about renting Beneteau '40 sailboat for sailing from Ft. Lauderdale to Port Lucaya Marina, Grand Bahamas Island next year May 2013. It will be my first big step and I will build my confidence in my sailing skills.
Personally, I experienced in sailing on 24 ft. long J/24 sailboat since last year. Last Fall, we motored our rental sailboat across 3-5 ft. waves to Catalina Island overnight with my ASA instructor for my Bareboat & coastal cruising course 104. I am still rookie learning how to dock and undock a large sailboat 40 ft long. Also I will need to practice my sailing skills on that large sailboat this summer. I just completed ASA courses from 101 to 105. I will plan to take ASA Advanced Coastal Cruising course 106 this Fall.
Beside weather & wind issues, do you have any other advice for me about crossing Gulf Stream safely? Should I rent a life raft, EPIRB and plenty of water jugs for just in case of emergency althought it is about 60 nautical miles crossing? Is it wise choice for me to cross Gulf Stream overnight without hiring the experienced captain?
Last edited by ksgallyrit; 04-25-2012 at 08:32 PM.