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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?
I don't see that you have replied in a while from all this great advice both pro and con. If it was me I would pack up and go to Florida and get work as crew for 6 months to a year on charters and deliveries to learn all you can. Take some of the classes if you feel like but not necessary if you put in quality time really soaking up all you can from experienced captains. Get odd jobs while ashore to make some money to get by and leave your nest egg alone. During that time you will most likely make some connections and could find the perfect boat to charter. No need to buy your own boat now. You are 23 and have all the time to go on your adventure. I say go for it but learn enough to be safe. Many people on this forum including me wish we had the time and lack of major responsibilities(wife, kids, mortgage, college loan) to start seriously sailing at your young age. Who knows maybe you could make a living of it. Give us an update on what you are up to and if you are still considering the trip.