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

It's not the Daytona 500, but you DO make your own luck.
Keep in mind that a sailboat is twice as long as your car, weighs four-6 times as much, has no brakes and a big turning radius...
and you drive from the back seat.
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It's not the Daytona 500, but you DO make your own luck.
Keep in mind that a sailboat is twice as long as your car, weighs four-6 times as much, has no brakes and a big turning radius...
and you drive from the back seat.
Not to mention if you open the door and happen to fall out, you don't faceplant blacktop.

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

Well I do know the 'driving' physics are nothing alike! I'm comparing more in regards to the margins for error.

From the complete outside, looking in, I just feel like as long as you're extremely cautious of weather conditions and navigation that although a noob, I could get there with some basic training and a buddy boat.

Also, with such a large community of active, experienced sailors in the areas I'd be looking to cruise..aside from getting there, where better place to learn?
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I have been sailing for 5 years and have gone on several week long cruises. I don't feel ready to tackle a trip like that.

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I think you would quickly be in over your head and the scary part might be that you would have no real idea when you went from being uncomfortable to being in danger. Also gettting to the Bahamas is different from getting to the Eastern Caribean (BVI and south).

Unfortunately there are dues to be paid before doing this sort of thing - or maybe it is not unfortunate since it makes the accomplished feel better. You can speed up the learning process, but you can't eliminate it.
Maybe read the post above again. There is a HUGE amount of stuff to learn. Even if you are a hands-on capable guy, the great likelihood is that it will not be long before you run into trouble, probably before you even get to trying to cross the Gulf Stream and thread your way through a cut in the reefs that surround the Bahamas.

It's a great idea but you need to be careful. Go out with someone else for a long trip somewhere or get a little one design, even something like a Sunfish to learn about sailing.

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

of course you can do it. whether it will be fun is up to you. you might want to invest in a basic sailing course for the two of you, take a couple weekends to learn the basics and discover if either of you are prone to debilitating sea sicknesses or paralyzed with fear by being on the ocean. if it works for you, buy a boat, hang out with other sailors in any anchorage and you will easily learn more traveling with other boats for a couple of weeks than you would spending months tied to a dock listening to the experts that have a million reasons why they never manage to drop their own dock lines ;-)

go, have an adventure and post it here for us to read!

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Have you thought of maybe chartering or renting a boat? They are available all over the place and you wouldn't be stuck with a boat after you were done with your adventure. Buying a boat is easy, selling one can be quite the opposite. And then you are stuck with paying for storage. With 20k you could fund a really great adventure on a boat that is not yours and even with someone to show you the ropes in the beginning. And you would bypass the whole making the passage problem. Just an idea
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I have been sailing for 5 years and have gone on several week long cruises. I don't feel ready to tackle a trip like that.

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No offence but that's fairly subjective and doesn't really mean much..
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It's not the Daytona 500, but you DO make your own luck.
I beleive my anaolgy to the driver learning how to drive who just got his permit and driving the Daytona 500 is a good one. Safety is the most important part of any journey.

BLjones if you were taking an airplane flight from lets say Florida to the Bahamas would you get on a 30 year old piper cub bought at a bargain basement price with suspect maintainence. piloted by a 23 year old who had accomplished his first landing 1 month earlier? I doubt it. I am puzzeled why you would suggest something which may put his grilfriend in danger as something like a casual walk to the corner store, when you do not take the same casual attitude with regards to your boat I amsure.

There are odds that nothing would happen...would you take those odds though.

It is irresposnsible to not talk about the dangers faced in a trip which this new poster is potentially going to make and not give prudent safe advice to him. I am certainly not risk adversive and have taken many trips offshore for more thasn 3 weeks at a time, but not with the casual attitude being displayed and certainly not in a foreign country.

I think next month I am going to get a CDL Liscence and then drive 30 year old jet fuel tanker semi down I95 over to Texas down through Mexico and Central America with a valid passport to Argentina so I am there for Carnival next year.....just because I can get the liscense and purchase the truck and the gas and get a passport. I will learn to read a map, as well as Spanish from a book along the way. If I run out of money or need to eat I will get a job as a Chef for a few weeks.

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Have you thought of maybe chartering or renting a boat? They are available all over the place and you wouldn't be stuck with a boat after you were done with your adventure. Buying a boat is easy, selling one can be quite the opposite. And then you are stuck with paying for storage. With 20k you could fund a really great adventure on a boat that is not yours and even with some to show you the ropes in the beginning. And you would bypass the whole making the passage problem. Just an idea
Yeah but then I'm just out $20k? At least buying a boat gives me some equity that I can later recoup even if it's at a loss.
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