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how old?

whenever asked i just say "the last birthday i celebrated was 39" my mama told me not to use the f words.
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By posting that you need to prove you're not an old fart, you've basically announced that you are.

PBzeer gives good advice, for an old fart... and I'd second the idea of a wireless internet account via your cell phone provider. You might even be able to use your current cell phone instead of buying a separate aircard.

Be aware that the cellular internet connections won't be as fast as most of the WiFi connections, but will at least allow you to web browse, check e-mail, send small attachments, etc.

Fit the boat with jacklines, use a tether and harness, and STAY ON THE BOAT... especially when single-handing.
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When you hit 60 you actually start looking forward to getting older, at least until you reach age 62. At this most magical point in your life Uncle Sam offers to contribute toward your cruising kitty for the rest of your life. In 13 months I'll take him up on his kind offer.

As far as getting weather reports on your way south, you should always be in range of NOAA weather broadcasts.

You've got a great trip planned! Just hope that the weather agrees to cooperate.
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You're still a kid! I just turned 59 -- hard to believe. I also just retired figureing "why not?" But I probably will get another job since my wife has to work another couple of years.

Anyway, enjoy. Go for the cruise!
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weather..weather...weather

Sounds like a great trip. Weather at this time of year can be a bit tricky although certainly not a show stopper. Be aware that you are going during Hurricane season. ( June-December in the Atlantic) So in your planning, aside from having good reliable weather info available during your trip and being able to interpert it, you should have some good bail out points planned in case one "sneaks up on you".
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Dave,

Go for it! It sounds like a good plan just watch the weather and take the advice presented so far on this thread.

I just turned 53 and have sailed Bimini and The Dry Tortugas after double knee replacements and 3 major back surgeries. (the last one put 3 screws and a metal band at L3,4,5) I still have my health and am looking forward to much more Blue Water sailing now that the kids are gone. (YEA!)

Remember the old song "I'm much too young to be this damn old" and keep on sailin'. I still race every chance I get (inland lakes around Dallas) as it keeps you moving and thinking.

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A couple quick thoughts here:

Sounds like a great trip, as a 57 year old whose odometer is half way towards its next click, you haven't reached old fartdom until you start trying to make offshore passages just to show that your not an old fart.

On a more serious note, the weather can be pretty nasty and unpredictably changeable that time of year, and a Catalina 30 isn't exactly my idea of an ideal boat for wrestling with a mid-fall Atlantic gale.

If I were going to try that trip in a Catalina 30, I would make sure that I had a really high quality 100% or so jib, a less than 90% jib in addition to the more standard 135% genoas that these boats seem to sail with more often. In heavy conditions you cannot furl in more than 10-15% and expect to have a decent heavy air sail shape. You might also add safety ties to your headsails so you can safely make a headsail change in heavy going. Netting forward helps as well.

I would also make sure that I had mainsail and boom set up for two reefs with a good reliable two line reefing system for each. I would replace or at least check the plastic slugs on the mainsail as these seem to wear out without warning and let the sail peel away from the mast at inopportune moments.

Check your standing and running rigging carefully and consider replacing your standing rigging and any questionable running rigging. Your boat is probably at the age where the standing rigging has passed it's safe useable lifespan (normally quoted at 10 to 15 years) and I would bet your boat still has its original standing rigging.

I would clean the fuel tank bottom and make sure that you had clean fuel filters and knew how to use them.

If you make the jump offshore and had a favorable wind, its maybe a 6 day trip offshore but quite a few weeks if you chose to run down the ICW.

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You are not an old fart until you are farting dust
Gotta love that quote!!!

You are as young as you feel, when I was starting my 50th year just past 49 I was bench pressing a max of 315# and a working weight of 275# 10 reps and for an old fart was doing way more than all the young bucks at the gym half my age.
Five years later I am falling apart, had gall bladder removed then two bouts of DVT in my left calf, I have not given in yet just getting warmed up, I plan to reach 100-110, so I must be just middle aged! You have nothing to prove and are competeing with no one but yourself. Get on with your trip and for good measure here is a quote from Mark Twain:
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than the ones you did do...
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore Dream Discover.
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I got to thinking I was an old fart when all the young hotrodders started calling me "Pops". It stuck, I kinda like it and besides, none of them can out drive me yet. You're only as old as ya let yerself feel. Hmm, I must be 25 or so...
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