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

I know "jorts" are jean shorts, so "jeoulas" must be some other article of clothing made out of denim!
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

Maybe "jeoulas" is a boat with glass jalousies -- crank-open glass-slatted windows -- must be a tropical thingy. As in skippers with jalousies in their boats shouldn't throw coconuts when stoned.
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

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

Perhaps, "Capt" Mike, SailNet is not for you. There is no point in sticking around just to fling abuse at the members.
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I think you, or anyone with some life experience and solid common sense, can sail although I would encourage you to save a little more money so you can buy a good solid boat with reliable systems in place.
My husband and I have only been sailing for 6 years but we are leaving this fall from Florida to the Bahamas and can hardly wait to begin our "live aboard" life.
We taught ourselves to sail our 29.5 Hunter without a great deal of risk to life and limb and would suggest that patience, weather suitable to your skill level and a good solid knowledge and understanding of charts and navigation then sail, sail, sail! Here, there, everywhere!!! Life will happen and you and your gf will need to respond to it.
There are many books written about individuals who have walked down to the dock one day, bought a boat and left for parts unknown with great success.
I expect you have already done some sailing in heavy seas and have decided this is a life that could work for you and your gf....if so, I say go for it and I hope we see you along the way. Btw, your pet is not a problem as long as all vaccines and good health are vet checked and confirmed, lots of cruisers have furry family
Cheers and happy sailing!
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

I was where you are once. it can be done. I bought my boat for 5k, could have got it for 3 if I were a better barterer, a $400 used chart plotter and a weekend course in a sunfish. full disclosure, I've only made it from NY to SC, but as soon as my stint with the USCG is up, it's off to the islands and the good life for me. you can do it man! just drop the chick if she starts to hold you back.
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

perhaps its just my area, but here you can't sail unless you have your Captains License.
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

You can always motor and that will fix the sailing question. If you have never lived on a boat then I would try to spend a couple of days sailing and sleeping on one. If either of you is high maintenance then it may not be for you.

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

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perhaps its just my area, but here you can't sail unless you have your Captains License.
What area are you talking about and what law says you can't sail without a captains license ?
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

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What area are you talking about and what law says you can't sail without a captains license ?
I was wondering the same. The OPs location says NY state, which certainly does not have that law. They have a boater safety course requirement, like most. I thought it may have been sarcasm.
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