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Old 05-28-2012
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A complete novice sailing the Bahamas

I admit, I am hijacking the previous thread about a newbie buyin g a boat and s
sailing the Bahamas.
I had 3 friends aboard sailing the Abacos on my 28' S2 and one had never sailed before. However, after a week of sailing, I felt very confident of his abilities to handle anything within reason. I also have been caving with him numerous times so I know him to be self sufficient and capable in weird situations.
So, I allowed him and his GF to borrow my boat for a week for them to "do" the Abacos. They did well.
Another possibility for the original poster is to buy a boat now and spend all summer sailing her near home. Then In early January, trailer her to FL and ship her to Marsh Harbor or Freeport via ship. This will not cost more than about $1000 for a boat less than 30".
A friend of mine took his Mac26 across to Grand Bahama (he motored the whole way) and now sails it all over the Sea of Abaco and lives on her. Cost of an old Mac26...........not much.
Watching the charter people in Marsh harbor, I doubt many of them know how to sail and certainly know nothing of anchoring and know nearly nothing of the boat they are on. The original poster cannot be much worse than them.
So, he should somehow sail the Abacos.
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