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Hi everyone. This may sound a little suicidal, but I am thinking, strongly, of selling everyhting i own and buying a sailboat and going around the world solo following the warm weather.

One little hickup. The last time I sailed was in summer camp on a lazer.LOL

If anyone would be so kind as to maybe offer some advice, ie; boat size, dangers, time needed to cross the atlantic and maybe cost for such a trip.

i am super handy and i can live on nothing. i have for years.

thinking about buying a small 26 footer.

any thoughts?

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Just hang out here for a few months and do some more on line reading from time to time, you will find your answers to your satisfaction. I took more risk than most of the sailors here, but you are way a head of me on this one.

Don't let anyone to scare you. IF you are smart, well-educated, quick learner, attention to details, fearless, and physically fit, with a bit of luck, I don't see why not.


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do it before the trappings of a "normal" life get its hooks in you. uncertainty is no reason to stand idle.
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Is it just me, or does it seem we get one or two of these threads/questions a week? I would say that one common denominator I have noticed in all that have done this is exceptional willpower.
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Go for it. If your boat is equipped with granite counters and a Rocna, nothing can possibly go wrong.
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Check out the book "Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat: A Guide to Essential Features, Handling, and Gear" by John Vigor.
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Hi everyone. This may sound a little suicidal, but I am thinking, strongly, of selling everyhting i own and buying a sailboat and going around the world solo following the warm weather.

i am super handy and i can live on nothing. i have for years.

thinking about buying a small 26 footer.

any thoughts?

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Well, first of all, don't sell everything you own. Don't run out and buy a boat. Don't jump in it and take off. If you do that then the most likely result will be that a few years from now people will be wondering what happened to you.

You basically have two choices: Build a boat or buy a boat that needs some repairs.

The reason you need to do this is because when you are at sea there is no one around to help you fix things. And, the best way for you to become familiar with your boat is to either build it or to overhaul it. If you want to buy a boat then you could get the book "Twenty Small Sailboats to Take You Anywhere" and start with that. See if you can get some sailing experience crewing while you wait for the right boat to come along. When you find the boat you want then you start fixing it up.

If you would rather build then the only boat that comes to mind is the Swaggie by Welsford. Perhaps there are others.

At some point, you either have a boat built or repaired and ready to sail. Then you can take coastal trips until you are comfortable. Then you can try longer trips. For example, California to Hawaii and back is a pretty good trip but not compared to sailing around the world. After Hawaii, you might try crossing the Atlantic. After that you can decide if you want to pull up roots and go cruising. If you want good sources for cruising I would suggest Lin and Larry Pardy. They've been doing it for years and are still alive (and not divorced).

There is a lot of information that you would need to know about being at sea. Like having a reverse osmosis pump to make fresh water; like having underwater epoxy; like having already prepared hull patches; like having spare spars, sailcloth, thread, rope, and cable; like having tools on board; and having a first aid kit that has more than band-aids and aspirin. These things are in addition to knowing how to navigate and sail. I would suggest that you have at least a cheap sextant as backup and know how to use it. You'll need charts to avoid shallows and trade routes. It will take you awhile to get to that point but if that is your goal, you can reach it.
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There's a simple process for answering your question. If you actually know enough to accomplish what you're proposing, then you don't have to ask here for anyone's thoughts on the subject.
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Being "handy in most everything" isn't a necessary skill when in 30' swells. I've yet to see
a voyage around the globe that followed flat seas and stiff breezes, so if you do nothing
else, get rough weather experience before you buy your boat. You'll thank me later.
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I took more risk than most of the sailors here,
You begged rides on other people's boats and then bought into a timeshare.
IMO you are more risk averse than most here, since most here, you know, actually BOUGHT a boat.

If you're gonna offer advice, at least tell the truth, blowhard.

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Being "handy in most everything" isn't a necessary skill when in 30' swells.
Absolutely it is. When you have to fix or cut free your rig in a storm it is a much less asspuckering experience with a higher chance of success if you know what you are doing.

The stick in the water is the wrong time to figure out how to use a pair of wire cutters. Knowing how to work your tools BEFORE you need to is invaluable.

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