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I think harbor meant opposable thumbs, but wouldn't it be four between them? Is the girlfriend paraplegic? Or are the GF and dog the same thing (yikes!) in which case yes, only two thumbs in the whole group.

And OMG what do you do when something unexpected happens!!!! You will obviously just sit there and wait for death. Duh. How do you people get 'experience'??? I tend to gain experience by doing something. After I have done it, I have experienced it. I know it's complicated but I try not to over-think it.
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.....How do you people get 'experience'???....
By pushing the envelope of your personal minimums when conditions are right. How far offshore, how much wind, how large seas, etc. Everyone should know what they feel capable of taking on.

Then you push one at a time. You may venture further offshore, but only when weather looks good. You may do your first docking in the dark, but only in calm wind. You may head out in 30 knots of wind, but may not get too far away from safety that first time. And the best way is to have someone with you that is experienced for your first crack.

You push one at a time, not all at once.
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

The "Barefoot Bandit" in the San Juans was able to takeoff and land a plane with no experience (though the plane was totaled.) Maybe you could try flying to the Bahamas instead?

Theoretically, most questions that start with "Can I" can be answered with the single word, "Yes." Fortunately, most responses in forums such as this also try to include some realistic advice.

To be fair, the OP did say that he was going to study up on sailing, then spend a few weeks sailing his new boat in Florida before heading to the Bahamas. So that's not exactly "no experience." However, after his first day arguing with the advice he got here, he seems to have "departed the pattern," as the Barefoot Bandit may have said if he reached the chapter on how to talk on the radios.
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a passive/aggressive control freak hitch-hiking.
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By pushing the envelope of your personal minimums when conditions are right. How far offshore, how much wind, how large seas, etc. Everyone should know what they feel capable of taking on.

Then you push one at a time. You may venture further offshore, but only when weather looks good. You may do your first docking in the dark, but only in calm wind. You may head out in 30 knots of wind, but may not get too far away from safety that first time. And the best way is to have someone with you that is experienced for your first crack.

You push one at a time, not all at once.
I sailed to Catalina on my third trip ever on a sailboat. This ain't rocket surgery.

Bimini is only 40 miles from Florida Grand Bahama is only 60. it's offshore and there's the gulf stream but I mean cmon! a little perspective! It's not Slokum sailing around the world with no tools or support in a wooden boat he built himself because he had to
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I sailed to Catalina on my third trip ever on a sailboat. This ain't rocket surgery.

Bimini is only 40 miles from Florida Grand Bahama is only 60. it's offshore and there's the gulf stream but I mean cmon! a little perspective! It's not Slokum sailing around the world with no tools or support in a wooden boat he built himself because he had to
Didn't say it was hard. I answered your question on how one gets experience.

How quickly one assimilates the skills is highly variable. It inapplicable to suggest anyone can do so, based on one's own successful experience.


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

I don't know. I sailed down to Mexico by myself just after my 20'th birthday on a 28 foot sloop. I had lot's of training and sea time prior and I still am amazed when I think back at how little I knew. My nicro-press rig and leaking packing gland, I would'nt do it now not knowing what I did then. I'm glad I did'nt know then what I know now or I would'nt have done it. I guess if you wait till you are ready you'll never go.

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The sailing part is not the hard part.
The hard part is fixing something broken at 3:00 am when you're sick, wet, cold, exhausted, scared to death, wish you were dead, and your flashlight is dead, you don't have the right part and you dropped the necessary tool overboard. Oh, and you're almost out of water and the radio is dead, and you're drifting towards the rocks too. And you haven't slept well for a couple days.
That kind of reality is definitely at odds with the sunshine, palm trees, and umbrella drinks on a white sand beach vision.
You might want to prepare well.
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The sailing part is not the hard part.
The hard part is fixing something broken at 3:00 am when you're sick, wet, cold, exhausted, scared to death, wish you were dead, and your flashlight is dead, you don't have the right part and you dropped the necessary tool overboard. Oh, and you're almost out of water and the radio is dead, and you're drifting towards the rocks too. And you haven't slept well for a couple days.
That kind of reality is definitely at odds with the sunshine, palm trees, and umbrella drinks on a white sand beach vision.
You might want to prepare well.
It's also something that really can't be taught. Stuff happens. I'm definitely a proponent of 'be prepared' but it just seems like on these forums if you don't ask a very specific question there's always a bunch of naysayors saying 'you will die"
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

I agree but I'm not saying you will die, I'm saying this is hard. Harder than I thought it would be anyway.


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