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Crossing The Pacific. Want To Go?

My names Jay, me and my two buddies are buying a 40-50ft boat out of California and wanting to cross the Pacific and go to Fiji. We dont have alot of experience but we are very eager to learn the ropes. We are in Florida right now but leaving out of cali. We want to do this in late May 2011 or early June 2011.

If you have alot of experience and are a pretty chill person we would love for you to come. We will pay for your ticket to California + food and beer! If your interested please let me know
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Is this Billy Zane from Dead Calm?

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Is this Billy Zane from Dead Calm?
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It is a bit worrying that you and your two friends want to buy a 40-50' boat and cross the Pacific without any real experience. I would recommend that you get the boat fairly soon. Eight months isn't very long in terms of getting the boat ready and getting the experience you're going to need to make such a voyage.

I would also recommend you spend some money getting a basic foundation in sailing knowledge under your belts. While an ASA 101 Learn To Sail type course won't get you ready for a Pacific crossing, it will give you a pretty good foundation to base your future learning on.

Then start by gaining experience handling your boat, doing the maintenance, going on daysails, etc., and working your way up to longer weekend and then week long trips. Then move onto short open water passages and work towards doing the trip across the Pacific.

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WHAT PART OF FLORIDA ARE YOU IN ...SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE IN FOR A ROUGH TIME
IF YOU ARE CLOSE THEN YOU AARE WELCOME TO COME BUY AND DISCUSS
I HAVE MADE THE TRIP BEFORE AND IT CAN BE FAIRLY EASY OD DISTRUCTIVE
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So to summarize:
Inexperienced "Buddies" buy some boat that will hopefully make it across the largest ocean on the planet.
Same inexperienced buddies plus one more entice a "really experienced" "chill" blue water sailor with a free ticket to CA and food and beer!
Sail off towards Fiji, life is good.

The way I see it I could poke several thousand holes in your balloon, or just say good luck.
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SD - great advice.

JRD22 - I would not even do the trip. I have been some crossings with inexperienced sailors for which I get paid and get return flights. I do not think I would do this one: unknown boat, unknown crew. I think they may have watched "Captain Ron" one too many times.

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Thanks Jackdale... and I agree... I wouldn't go on a trip with essentially three non-sailors and a boat of unknown condition.

These guys don't even know if they can stand being on a boat for extended periods of time without getting seasick.

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