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

I would recommend reading several good "How to Sail Books" and even taking one of those Basic Learn to Sail Course offered by Offshore Sailing School, etc. They cost about $500-$800 bucks for the basic ones. After that, either rent or charter a sturdy 20-26 ft boat to practice aboard. I have seen Flickas and Contessas and Pearson Tritons in the $10-$15K range. Those have all gone across Oceans. I sailed as a kid, daysailing, racing, but only took up cruising in my early 30s. Chapman's Boating is invaluable. Take small steps, but it shouldn't take you years to get out there. Read, practice sailing....GO! Fair Winds!!!!
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I recently purchased a Westerly Centaur and am thinking of taking it over to the Bahamas next summer. Anyone have thoughts on this vessel crossing the stream?
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I recently purchased a Westerly Centaur and am thinking of taking it over to the Bahamas next summer. Anyone have thoughts on this vessel crossing the stream?
She will be just fine. Centaurs have circumnavigated.
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I recommend you buying a Hobie cat, go to a local lake ! Get out there learn to sail, and go out in storms on the lake. Then think of this being the ocean and no islands around you , nothing but water, and BIG fishes underneath you! Then do it over and over and over again! Until your able to buy a ocean vessel. just my thoughts.

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I was trying to read this entire thread but my attention span got the best of me

I was hoping to see a post from the OP with pics of his boat and some tales of his training progress.
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Mike, you got to stop holding it in, let it out. It's OK to express your feeling now and then.
Ok, on a more serious note maybe I am just really naive but I don’t get it. I mean what is it? 40-50 miles? Ask a few questions, use some common sense and go. You leave after breakfast, you get there for dinner, you pick a nice day and you go. What?
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Ok, on a more serious note maybe I am just really naive but I don’t get it. I mean what is it? 40-50 miles? Ask a few questions, use some common sense and go. You leave after breakfast, you get there for dinner, you pick a nice day and you go. What?
Well, first off, simply getting there is the easy part...

The Bahamas can present some pretty serious challenges, and even experienced cruisers come to grief over there every year... The islands are not all pink sand beaches, and gin-clear waters lapping gently up to them... Not difficult at all for a newbie to get into trouble, and perhaps find himself a LONG way from any assistance when it happens...

I don't think the suggestions here to knock around a place like the Florida Keys for a month or two first, are at all unreasonable, or overly cautious... I'm guessing few of the "Just Do It" brigade have ever laid eyes on a Bahamian "Ironshore", or suddenly found themselves anchored to weather of one, after a strong front has moved through in the middle of a February night...

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It's 50 miles of what can be absolute @#!*% . If there is wind, it will be east-on the nose, or north of east wich pushes the Gulf Stream up quick in to 10 foot stackers, If the wind has recently shifted the the sea will be confused and boiling . Add the constant freighter traffic north to south and south to north funneling through the straights, it's like playing frogger on a boilng mogul feild. You can motor across on a calm day, but to sail it is a challenge. That stretch of water is notorious for a reason. It's a good place to get passage making experience, short and intense. You really need to leave Key Largo at midinght and arive in Bimini after noon, so the light is above or behind you.
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.....and their jeoulas.
What is this "jeoulas" that they own? I Googled it but came up empty.


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