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SGKuhner...good to see you back on line! Good luck with the rest of the trip and we hope to see you both at the docks in the fall!

Sidney777... my comment was made because of the conditions that will be faced going 700 miles to windward against the trade winds and seas in a modestly built coastal cruiser that is not designed for that type of work. I'm not saying it CAN'T be done..just will be much more uncomfortable and dangerous than most people would want. BTW...I like the C30 very much and at one point in our lives it was our dream boat...and I have sailed on them as well as owning two catalinas. I am referring specifically to THIS boat as being unsuitable for the trip...not all catalinas.
The Bahamas to the Turks and Caicos are easily do-able in a C30 with a competent crew. Once you have to turn the corner and head east in open water it is a different story. In MY boat we had to wait a full 30 days in the DR before conditions were benign enough to make progress to windward.
Note that the original writer said Domenica ...not the DR.

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Thank you for the helpfull tips, especially leaving @ 10 pm. I would have left early am otherwise. I like the idea of a more leisurly arrival.

If I do go inside the sound (probably will) I will look you up and thanks very much for the offer of a mooring!!


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George, First off I will agree with cam about it would be a hard beat to windward to get to the Virgin Islands from the Bahamas. However, that said it is not impossible. When we were in St Thomas in Jan - March of 2005, we met a 23 year old single-hander who bought an old 26 foot sloop for $3,500 in Tampa FL. He then sailed her, by himself (with no auto pilot or wind vane self steering device) from Tampa down through the Bahamas to the Dominican Republic, and from there over the top of Puerto Rico (without stopping) until he arrived in St Thomas. He would heave-to at night to get some sleep and at time he could trim the boat so she would sail by herself. So you see, it CAN be done.

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and scroll down to "Nat the young single-hander"
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