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

I would get to Florida and get into a live aboard situation so you can work, sail and get to know the local waters....Then a year from now "go for it"
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

I mean this with all due respect.
No! Forget it.
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

I skipped to the end of this thread, so this may already be covered. Never go into a risky endeavor without personal experience (gradually acquired), or instead, without hiring an experienced person to guide and help you.

Take a keel-boat sailing course, take any instruction that a local boating association or college offers, and practice lake sailing. Then bare-boat sail on chartered boats in sheltered waters like the BVI. Then do some more charter sailing on more open waters such as those in the Caribbean. You might try crewing on a boat delivery or two.

Finally, now that you have some idea what you're about and what you'll need, then look at buying your very own hole in the water. The charters will be fun, even if you decide it's just too much of a culture shock.
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

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Take a keel-boat sailing course, take any instruction that a local boating association or college offers, and practice lake sailing. Then bare-boat sail on chartered boats in sheltered waters like the BVI. Then do some more charter sailing on more open waters such as those in the Caribbean. You might try crewing on a boat delivery or two.
I, too, endorse this plan. By the time you have completed these courses and charters, you will be so experience rich and cash poor that you will be unable to buy anything that could possibly get you in trouble.
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism sponsors a series of escorted boat cruises to The Islands of The Bahamas annually, for the benefit of newcomers who want a buddy boat for the crossing. The cost is minimal and includes a send-off party and Bahamas Welcome party.
These Flings are usually during the months of June thru August.
For more information on Fishing and Boating in The Islands of The Bahamas, contact Bahamas Sports and
Aviation at (800) 327-7678 or (305)932-0051.
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

The original buyers of my boat, way back in 1972 bought the boat, hired a french captain to sail them across the English Channel and teach them everything they needed to know in three days, including celestial navigation. Then it was off across the Atlantic, through the Panama Canal where they lost the boat (blew off its mooring, the boat survived because, obviously, I own it now) in a Cat5 hurricane. They were not aboard.

There is no need for training at all, but a good load of dope to dull your judgement might help.
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There is no need for training at all, but a good load of dope to dull your judgement might help.
Apparently, the same advice holds true for posting on this forum.
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

Hi Owen,

You are young and full of energy. Go for it. Be prudent and you will be fine. I wish I would have done this when I was your age. I started to sail last summer, and I just wish I started before. I am having a similar plan ...

I am answering your question straight here:

- Read “The Annapolis Book of Seamanship”
- Do ASA 101 to at least ASA105
- Meet people in local club and crew their ships for racing. Lot of friendly people in this community. You will learn a lot from them.
- Talk to someone who did that trip. I mean really talk to him…face to face. There is a good chance you will meet those in the same clubs.
- Prepare the ship and make sure you have all the safety equipment in case things go bad.
- And go. You can do it.

Who risk nothing get nothing. You are the adventurous type. Enjoy it.

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

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....Who risk nothing get nothing.
Right. I only wish that applied to the economy as well.
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