There''s no time like now, and no boat like the one thats paid for, or so I hear.
I got a little 19 footer with hopes to learn to sail, spend some time on the water, and then sell her and move up to something bigger. Well, She''s been for sale for a few months, and no bites, so I got to thinking, it may be better to go cruising on the boat I do have, then to wait till I can afford to sink more money into the boat I dont have.
She''s a mashead 19'' (22loa, including bowsprit)
currently with 200 feet of rode, 20 feet 1/2 chain on a 25# danthford up front, and the same on a 10# (I think) fluke in the back. She''s got one automotive battery, and I just bought a solar cell, and have finished rewiring her so she sails at night now.
10 gallons of tankage, and a small honda outboard. I''d like to sail her down to cabo and back, (from Ventura, just north of Los Angeles) and would like advise one what I need to do to make her ready to go, what advice I need to bring with me, what I need to read before I go, and if this is a good idea.
Also, I''m pulling her for new bottom paint this month, so let me know what else I should check or do while she''s on the dry in preperation.