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

To the OP.

Get some experience. Learn your boat. When you are ready to go offshore (which is what a passage to the Bahamas will entail) you will know it and you won't have to ask anyone.

If being out so sight of land, or sailing at night, still bothers you, or you don't have a clue what the major problems you could encounter could be, or how to deal with them, you aren't ready.

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

Did you ever even buy a boat?
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

It will never happen but I'd love the OP to come back and say he just did it. Just ******* got in the boat and sailed to the ******* Bahamas.
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

My wife and I bareboat chartered in the BVI when it was questionable whether or not we had enough experience. That said, we had already been sailing for a couple of years and completed the first two ASA courses. I understand the desire for this type of adventure, which is what drove us to try. However, owning a boat a crossing the Gulfstream are two elements you don't need to introduce to get there. My recommendation is spend part of that budget on taking ASA 101, 103 and 104 courses. By the time you're done you will be comfortable on a sailboat and prepared for some of the problems you may encounter.

The truth is that you really have to go through a couple of "Oh, Sh*t!" moments before truly feeling comfortable handling trouble on the water. That is why I suggest the BVI. It is all line of sight sailing and the waters are deep enough that you won't run aground. You can stay overnight in a mooring field, so you don't have to worry about dragging anchor and the whole area is filled with sailors if you have any questions. Fly out there and then charter from the Moorings or one of the other reputable charter companies. You can get a phone from them and if you get into any trouble, they will be out to help you in no time.

Island hopping with your girl in the one of the most beautiful places you've ever seen will be the best trip you ever take. Just prepare yourself first so that you have fun and aren't caught freaking out over something that you should have learned in a proper sailing course.

I promise that if you follow this advice you will have the best time of your life and will have plenty of time to get your skills up for a Gulfstream crossing down the road. Good luck and enjoy!
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I too hope the OP went for it!

People cross from FL to the Bahamas' all the time. Not that it should be taken lightly, but as blue water sailing goes, it's on the tamer side.

As for boats that are suitable within the OP's price range, Florida is loaded with them. Most coastal crusier level boats are capable of making the that trip without a problem.

Of course the first stop for anyone with this dream should be your local sailing school.
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I've crewed 20 times...been sailing my first boat about 20 times.

Go rent a boat and get knocked down and then imagine that you are responsible for another life...it will make you think twice
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It will never happen but I'd love the OP to come back and say he just did it. Just ******* got in the boat and sailed to the ******* Bahamas.
He did it and died. Definitely. Its the only possible outcome.
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