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26 foot catalina open water?

I have a 26 foot Catalina and would like to go from Ft Myers to Keys. Is this a bad Idea or any help on what to look for. Next fall also like to go Bahamas is this a good or bad idea?
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re: 26 foot catalina open water?

Welcome to Sailnet!

I will let others with knowledge of Florida answer the first question.

In the last sentence did you mean you are having trouble finding you posts here on Sailnet? Not sure what the question was.
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re: 26 foot catalina open water?

Is this C27? Not sure if there is C26.
If you and your boat are well prepared for this type of sailing, it should not be a problem.
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Sorry that is a 25 foot Cat. Also need a way to find my postes I have made.
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Sorry that is a 25 foot Cat. Also need a way to find my postes I have made.
In any of your postings, click on your name and a drop down menu will appear and click on "show all postings"
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Re: 26 foot catalina open water?

There were several C25 boats made. Fixed keel or swing keel? Fixed keel would be more suitable for this kind of a trip.
A good, experienced sailor is a big factor in this consideration. And with a marginally suitable boat like C25, you will have to make sure you pay very close attention to weather and sea conditions.
You can find your old posts by clicking on your user name (top right on the screen) and opening the 'statistics' tab. there you have a link: 'Find all posts'
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Re: 26 foot catalina open water?

You would benefit GREATLY by taking a 2-6 hour private lesson from a local sailing school... or better yet, a private lesson, from an experienced skipper, on your boat.
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Re: 26 foot catalina open water?

I owned a Catalina 25 for ten years. I sailed it all over the west coast of Florida. Yes your boat can sail to the keys and yes your boat can sail to the Bahamas.

The things you will need to do it are:

A well prepared boat.

Good weather or the time to wait out bad weather.

Experience with your boat in a variety of weather conditions, so you will know what to do and when to do it.

I suggest you go to the Catalina 25 International Association forum. You will find much more direct info on Catalina's there:

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Re: 26 foot catalina open water?

I agree with all the previous posts. You need to be able to wait on good weather. And figure out what your next closest safe harbor every time you leave your anchorage in the morning. That way if the weather turns bad unexpectedly you will automatically know where and how far a fast dash to safety is.
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