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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?
Living on a boat I won't touch on because I don't know much about it, except this - It's not for everyone. Some couples can spend years on a 22 footer, other couples can barely manage a three day weekend on a 42. Buy your boat and try it for a month "at home."
Your budget. Absolutely. You can find a great boat in that price range that can handle the task, but be sure to budget for your safety gear first. Even if it adds a few months delay, DO NOT skimp on safety gear. I pick up my boat in a week (yay), and when I get to her I'll have a trunk load of equipment that cost me MORE than the boat. (although my boat was less expensive than your range) GPIRB ($600), heavy weather gear ($600), depth finder ($200), chart plotter ($700), comfortable always on life vests ($300), waterproof portable VHF radio ($150), offshore signal kit ($300!), charts ($120 SO FAR), BoatUS membership ($135), spare lines and rigging ($400)... and MANY more items... Not to mention the niceties...
As far as your transit... Yes. You can do it. Or die trying.
I just bought a boat, and I already have my first two transits planned. But the first one is 6 months away and only a 40 mile hop to Bimini, and the second isn't much farther.
A very very old and hopefully wise sailor told me that the only thing a sailor needs to know is to respect the power of the sea. Once you know that, you'll realize that you will want to know so much more, and you will be so much more cautious.
Please absolutely follow your dream and do this. Just slow down a little bit and do it safely. And when you make it down to South Florida look me up and maybe we'll sail along with you for your first leg. Just not yet.
Walker Bay Dingy
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Last edited by BreakAwayFL; 03-13-2012 at 03:24 PM.