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For me and my girlfriend, this would be an EPIC journey.
As you put "Me" in front "my girlfriend" I question your motives. Is your girlfriend blindly in lus..err love with you? Or is she just a mouse following your piping?

Cards on the table? It's really going to be your trip, your epic journey, and she's along for the ride to tell you how wonderful you are, right?

In all seriousness, it's imperative that she learns to sail and handle the boat and more. It's not the same as "playing house" Think of her out there on deck at the wheel or tiller, in the dark.. dark like you can' perceive. and you sleeping down below.

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

And some here think I am the mean one who scares off newbies.

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

it's only 200 miles. How hard can it be?
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it's only 200 miles. How hard can it be?
You're taking the long route.

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Maybe a more realistic goal and just as fun would be to buy in FL and island hop the keys. By the time you get to key west you might have the boat and your skills dialed in enough for the crossing to the Dry Tortugas. When stuff breaks you would be closer to services. If you run out of money you could find jobs at a restaurant or hotel in key west.

Get a small stout boat with lots of water tankage and some good ground tackle. Lots of boats for sale in FL get a decent one but save plenty of dough for upgrades and unforeseen failures, which will probably be many if you don't have much time around boats.
Good advice, that's the approach I would suggest, as well... After the OP acquires the basic skills sailing a smaller boat first, of course...

The Keys will offer an ideal preparation for a possible trip to the Bahamas, you'll learn a bit about reading the water, anchoring in reversing currents, and so on... But the Keys are considerably more benign than the Bahamas, it's a bit tougher to get into any real serious trouble in the Keys, and of course assistance, if needed, is generally gonna be pretty close at hand... One thing a lot of people don't appreciate about the Bahamas until they've been there, is how quickly you can find yourself in some pretty remote spots, and the possibility of getting into some pretty serious trouble you might have to contend with entirely on your own...

Another big advantage to starting out in the Keys, IMHO, is the likelihood of encountering many more people your own age, either living aboard, or cruising... Once you cross the Gulf Stream, you've officially entered Old Farts Territory, you're not gonna find too many young people bumming around over there, at least from what I've seen in recent years...

So, get your feet wet for awhile in the Keys, then maybe think about making the jump over if you feel your skills, and your boat, are up to it... The Keys aren't the equal of the Bahamas by any means, but they're still a pretty cool place to cruise, and the perfect training ground for such a venture, IMHO...
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Orseay, I’m assuming that you are looking more for validation than advice, so I’m telling you to “go for it”. You have made me realize that I haven’t learned all that much over the thirty plus years of sailing boats on the world's oceans. And, that a clever neophyte like yourself knows all the tricks in procuring affordable gear and outfitting for cruising that have somehow eluded the rest of us. I hope that you can impart this wisdom to us before you too, become experienced and somehow lose these valuable insights. Keep up your posting as I’m sure it will be entertaining. Far too often the “Tyros” stop posting after they get in over their heads and for once I’d like to read the “postscript”.
Thank you for your sarcasm, Senior George. You sound like a very wise man.

I'm not sure when this turned into an experience competition, but you win. I am very humbled by your thirty plus years on the world's oceans.

However, I'm not sure when I hinted at having, "tricks in procuring affordable gear and outfitting for cruising" so I'm not too sure where that was directed.

I get it, you're an experienced sailor and you're older than me.

Please keep negative and jaded comments to your self.
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As you put "Me" in front "my girlfriend" I question your motives. Is your girlfriend blindly in lus..err love with you? Or is she just a mouse following your piping?

Cards on the table? It's really going to be your trip, your epic journey, and she's along for the ride to tell you how wonderful you are, right?

In all seriousness, it's imperative that she learns to sail and handle the boat and more. It's not the same as "playing house" Think of her out there on deck at the wheel or tiller, in the dark.. dark like you can' perceive. and you sleeping down below.

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Yes, you summed up my relationship and our intentions based on my grammar. Thank you.
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