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Re: Cruising in a Hunter?

Ok, I'm pouting right now, and feeling like your all ganging up on me. HOWEVER, I realize that in reality you may very well be saving my life. I AM going to do this, its all about the adventure for me, but since everyone here with a lick of sense (not claiming that I do) says its a bad idea in this particular vessel, I'm going to take the advice of those I have asked for it even though I don't like it. I will reschedule the voyage, move up to a more blue-seaworthy vessel and allow this one to live out her days in brown water. Most likely in and around the Puget sound. Thank you all for your wisdom, tact, and suggestions!
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Ok, I'm pouting right now, and feeling like your all ganging up on me. HOWEVER, I realize that in reality you may very well be saving my life. I AM going to do this, its all about the adventure for me, but since everyone here with a lick of sense (not claiming that I do) says its a bad idea in this particular vessel, I'm going to take the advice of those I have asked for it even though I don't like it. I will reschedule the voyage, move up to a more blue-seaworthy vessel and allow this one to live out her days in brown water. Most likely in and around the Puget sound. Thank you all for your wisdom, tact, and suggestions!
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Re: Cruising in a Hunter?

Ya, it's not the trip it's the boat. That little Hunter isn't up for it. Getting from Panama to the eastern caribean Is done Via the bahamas. You sail up the Central American coast around Cuba, up to the key's the Bahamas, And then it's an 8 day passage to P.R. and then down the Chain, over to Columbia and back to Panama You'd be better off, if you want to get to the eastern carib. to truck it to S.C. and sail out and down to P.R. Trying to sail from Panama to the eastern caribean isn't just up wind, it's up big ocean swell's that set you back half the distance you cover every 20 seconds,. You would have to sail 200 miles to make good 50.
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Unfortunately it may be a few more years before an opportunity like I have now comes my way again and I really want to do it. But for now I'll have to put it on hold and see if I can find a way to sell this one, and buy one that is better suited to serious open ocean passages. Naturally finances will always be a factor and there is no better teacher than experience, so I will be looking for a lower priced vessel, and perform as many repairs and upgrades as I can myself. I will also take advantage of the delay by taking more sailing classes. (no such thing as over qualified at sea)
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Best wishes on the dream, but you picked a tough one. If you're going to sell and buy another, is it possible to buy one on the East Coast, move aboard and fit her out for the rest of your journey?
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Boat's are cheap in Fla. You could buy one ready to go for what it would cost you to ship the Hunter.
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Yes, I'm looking there now. It means scrapping a big adventure, but it also might mean that another more enjoyable adventure will become available. Eventually, I would like to do a circumnavigation, but that's years, and many nautical miles off. One step at a time.
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Boat's are cheap in Fla. You could buy one ready to go for what it would cost you to ship the Hunter.
Thank you Captain, I will investigate that!
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Sailboatlistings.com-Fla.
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Re: Cruising in a Hunter?

Uhhh it seems here that it's not the type of boat as much as the size that is being criticized. I don't think a Pearson triton would be any more suitable for the trip according to the comments here, so if you are taking everyone's advice than don't try this trip till you have the money for a 55 footer... Is that right posters?

How much sailing have you done sloop? If you know you like it, and you have the time, start sailing down to San Fran now and see how it goes. If you are really into it once you experience the reality of the adventure, it seems to make a lot of sense to sell the hunter, fly to the east coast and buy one of the hundreds of older, cheap boats that need some love to get into ocean type seaworthy condition. I have heard that Annapolis has the best selection of offshore ready used boats btw. Besides, I have heard the canal is expensive and a real pita, not to mention a tad dangerous these days...

If you do decide to start doing offshore stuff, make sure your boat complies with the ISAF offshore category 1 rules.

And don't think that buying a slow full keeler is the only safe way to go outside of harbor, as some seem to think on this forum, a cape dory that doesn't match the ISAF rules may be less seaworthy than a hunter that does. And a Moore 24, skippered by a madman ex soldier, just won the transpac so...

Of course my offshore experience is nil, although i am slowly and constantly changing that fact, so take what I say for what it is, but I would hate to see some ones dreams put off because of a bunch of internet naysayers. Change your plans to avoid the western Caribbean passage sloop, but don't give up his opportunity if you are serious about it. Do your research, and get started now. I know two young people personally who had the dream and then found out the reality wasn't quite up to par for them...

And don't move permanently to the east coast man, the west coast is way nicer

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