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Am I ready to skipper a short coastal trip?
I've been sailing for five years now. I took the basic Keelboat class before purchasing my O'Day 31, and have sailed her in protected waters ever since. My only coastal experience was when the hired captain and I motor sailed her from her old port (St. Pete, FL), to her new home in Louisiana.
I would love to get started with coastal cruising, for a first trip, just sailing her south into the Gulf of Mexico to clear water (that's about 50 miles out), spending a day swimming around the boat, then sailing back in.
Although I haven not taken marine navigation training, I am familiar with aviation navigation. I can read nautical charts. I have not taken any type of coastal cruising class, but I did receive a lot of free "training" from my eleven days on the water with the captain when we brought the boat home.
I feel like it's a simple trip, fifty miles south and back, but I have never skippered a coastal trip before. I can handle all the provisioning for such a trip, but I'm I biting off more than I can chew? I guess I don't know what I don't know.
Last edited by ScubaSailorLA; 04-25-2011 at 10:20 AM.