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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.
there is a BIG difference between a captain's license (which allows you to run a charter boat and the like) and a boat license
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

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I'm 23 years old. My girlfriend and I are bored and looking for a tropical adventure.

I've come up with a few ideas but the one I'm most seriously looking into the feasibility of, is buying a sailboat and spending like 6-12mth just cruising down the Bahamas; gaining more experience along the way and heading further South towards the Turks & Caicos, Dominican, Puerto Rico, BVI's, St. Lucia, etc..

SO, the two biggest questions I have are:

- Can I find a comfortable, used sailboat - qualified for the trip - for under $20k, all in?(preferably closer to $15k).

- How long would it take/what would I have to do, to learn enough so that we could safely embark on the initial journey from Florida to Grand Bahama?

I'm thinking I could spend a solid month reading and researching the basics of sailing, then buy the boat in Florida and spend another few weeks/month practicing and learning on the water with someone locally. Then be ready to hit the 'road' with my girlfriend and our dog. Is this at all accurate or am I dreaming?

I'm a very optimistic person and although a bit naive perhaps, I'm pretty confident I can do this given the right advise and guidence.

Thanks so much for any and all input!

Cheers,

Owen


Owen,

Just do it! Go ahead. As you proceed through each and every twist and turn of life, sometimes things go well and sometimes they don't.

But, we all started out at one point or another with less experience than many would say we "should" have and are still here, aren't we...?

I wouldn't even support your idea of spending a month reading about sailing.
Just do it.

You will either learn what you need to know about how to sail your boat, or you won't and will pay some sort of idiots' fee. Yes, that could include your life, but what the H_ll, you are young and strong and full of confidence.

Get the boat, and take her out, as often as possible. Each time you leave the dock, and return, you will learn a LOT.

You might consider only raising the Jib, for the first "cruise", and get used to that. Then, the next day, or that afternoon, or whatever, raise the main.

Try to limit your initial cruises to LIGHT WIND DAYS.

Good luck, and ENJOY!
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

Well...dispite your name is not Noah and you don't yet have an Arc, I suggest you spend a lot of time on the water once you find an acceptible vessel and learn the skills necessary to get from one point to another. Then take courses or learn on your own, how to navigate on paper and then invest in a dependable chartplotter. Learn as much as you can about the conditions of the Gulf Stream during the seasons in order to choose a "Best Window" during the "Best Season" to make the trip. Also study the country and their requirements for entry and their customs regulations.You indeed have a lot to learn but, what you are dreaming is doable, only after you and your first mate have put in some serious time learning the ropes and planning your adventure.Good Luck with your Dream!!!
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

You asked: "Can I find a comfortable, used sailboat - qualified for the trip - for under $20k, all in?(preferably closer to $15k). "

Well, here is a unique source of used boats:

Certified Sales Inc - Liquidation Sales

These people will accept BIDS on their repossessed and salvage vessels.

Buy one and sail her as much as possible!

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

Not to suggest that the topic is unworthy of discussion, but those who continue to offer advise of a personal nature to the OP might wish to take note that he abandoned this thread roughly 150 posts, and 11 months, ago... (grin)
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

I'm sure that others with the same idea or curiosity will find further insight advantageous. Keep posting away.
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

The guys in the "Hold Fast" documentary did it (it's on Vimeo), probably on well under $20K... Not sure I'd suggest repeating this to anyone, though
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

Please, can we get past the anarchist hipsters of "Hold Fast" as paragons? there are so many better choices in the "go cheap, go now, little budget, little boat, little experience" class of cruisers.
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

ooops....should learn to read the fine print ...lol...i guess he made it !!
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

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Please, can we get past the anarchist hipsters of "Hold Fast" as paragons? there are so many better choices in the "go cheap, go now, little budget, little boat, little experience" class of cruisers.
And if they were preppy yachty kids with conservative political veiws, would they be worthy of discussing. Just say'n.
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