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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?
You and your girlfriend are young and you seem to have a sense of adventure. I would do it and pay no attention to the naysayers. Sailing around Fla. on a daily basis will earn you much more experience than someone that sails his boat 2 or 3 times a year. If crossing the stream is worry-some, there are plenty of skippers that will move it across for you (for a fee) or travel with another boat. I like your spirit and I remember when I was your age I lived for a while in a car traveling around the US, and when I look back it was a wonderful time. If you end up hating it and have to sell for half what you paid, so what....you are young and have plenty of time to earn more money.
The Bahamas are visited by thousand of boats a year, some small, some large, some even on jet skis and bass boats. I agree with the posts about you are not rounding the horn. IMO ground tackle will be very important and a dependable engine. That with life jackets, vhf, compass, handheld gps--good to go. My brother goes over every year to fish on a 17ft center console, been doing it for 20 years, not one problem.
Boat, if you can not find a boat for less than 20K that you can live on in this market, you are not looking. I've looked at 27 to 30 ft'ers well under 20K that that can easily handle the Bahamas. Recently seen Flickas for less than 15K ready to go...and even though small can take you anywhere and easy to handle. Many trailer sailors make the trip too. 6 months in Fl and 6 months in Bahamas, should tell you if you want to continue.
Never let anyone talk you out of your dream, especially with fears of doom and gloom....Is it doable--yes, will it be fun--probably, will you die--not likely, will you starve--nope, will you run out of water--I think you are smart enough not to. Could you become addicted--without a doubt....Carpe diem.
Last edited by zeta; 03-08-2012 at 10:14 PM.