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His very first post he mentions a dog.
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mea culpa. It looks like I missed that tid bit when I read it the first time as well as when I went back to read it again.

We kept our dog days to 10 hours with an unplanned 14 hour day. She was crossing her legs. I don't think I'd want to take her on an ocean crossing. No space, too hot, customs/immigration issues, general stress/anxiety, no medical help if needed and it takes extra hands to keep a dog out of the way.

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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

I sailed to the Bahamas in 2009 on a Morgan 24 and stayed for a few of weeks. It can easily be done in a $19K-15K boat especially if as you described you would spend a couple of months sailing in friendly waters get to know your boat and preparing it for cruising. Get a book "Sailing & Rig Tuning" by Ivan Dedekam. It is the best book on sails & sailing that I have found. Plan to use solar cells to keep up your batteries or have a diesel inboard. Anchoring in the Bahamas is always iffy so have 3 anchors aboard of different types with one of them quite large. When sailing, reef when you first think it might be a good idea. It is not a race, so having your biggest sail up is not all that important. Watch the weather an try to stay in port when a storm is coming, or the wind is going to be strong. http://morgan24site.com
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A good friend reminded me of my youthful sailing when we discussed this over dinner. Two of us bought a 27 Wharram cat and with only life preservers, a compass and a chart left Caswell Beach and headed around the Cape Fear to Wrightsville Beach, NC. No motor, never sailed this boat before. Just went. Wind change from summer thunderstorm had us screaming offshore. Next morning we entered the inlet with the tide and finally anchored up. We recognized the water tower to orient us to the inlet. These days the idea of sailing 65 miles to Beaufort has me making all sorts of preparations. What a difference 40 years makes. I think as soon as you assume the role of Captain you will realize responsibilities and some things will change. Take your time and enjoy the ride.
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

Or you could just fly over to the Bahamas and buy a boat there and start you journey learning to sail it while in the Bahamas instead of making the crossing right off the bat. You could expediate the "fun" part and do the learning WHILE in the carribean. I think thats what I would do.
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

Of course you can.
Anybody can sail, there's no need for experience.

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Far from it - I (and presumably most, if not all on this site) love it intensely - I won't live away from it again, BUT it demands total respect.
Yes, fear can save your life. That is why fear exists.
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

So...can I sail to the Bahamas on a $10 K boat...?

$9K...?

$5K...?
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Not sure if the original poster is still around . . . I haven't checked this huge thread all thw way through but I just wanted to add that I took courses last summer in Ottawa here: http://www.boattraining.com/learning...ltc/basic.htmlhttp://www.boattraining.com/learning...ltc/basic.html you would obviously have to leave Ottawa pretty quickly afterward in order to get training in real oceans somewhere but at least you'll get hte basic. You'd also want to take the VHF and coastal navigation course, all told about 1k per person. Then good luck! You can also check this guy's blog, it seems he had little solo experience and went across the atlantic. I think he did do a bunch of deliviries before hand though, his blog is pretty long: http://www.bigoceans.com/2006/07/06/still-dreaming/
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

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Of course you can.
Anybody can sail, there's no need for experience.
Yep. Just buy a boat and go. You might make it, you might not. Even very experienced, equipped and trained sailors get lost at sea.

It's kinda like golf. Anyone can hit a ball down the course and eventually get it in the hole. Anyone can hoist a sail and catch the wind.

Doing either one very well......that takes practice....training....knowledge.
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

Shure you can, here is the leason plan:
National Geographic Adventure Magazine: February 2005 Excerpts: How to sail across the Atlantic Ocean or around the world

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