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Re: What to do?

Step 1: Put white leather upholstery everywhere, inside and out, especially the dog bed.
Step 2: Pass on an anchor or gun, get a couple flat screen TVs. Hang them anywhere.
Step 3: Practice tugging on ropes and pulleys around the docks before you go.
Step 4: Don't worry about anything. Because what's the worst that can happen? People did it hundreds of years ago by looking at stars.
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Re: What to do?

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About that midnight grill shopping, is that guy likely to be armed???

No, he is an anti-gun liberal. Just don't say anything bad about the late Capt. Walbridge or the crew of The Bounty.

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Re: What to do?

I've been sailing for almost a year, so I am happy to help you with advice.

Just make sure you get a full keel boat. But not one of those ones where the bolts get weak and lets the keel fall off. You also need ten life rafts and seventeen EPIRBs, and duct tape to hold the VHF to the EPIRB when you abandon ship halfway to the Bahamas, as most sinkings occur when people hit a submerged container while crossing the Gulf Stream.

I think you will be okay if you move to Florida and get a job while you take ASA 101-783. It will give you time to look for a boat and your old lady can take lessons, too. Since the lessons will cost more than your boat budget, and take fifteen years to complete, you will forget your foolhardy notions of ever sailing anywhere and leave those dreams to other people who, by the grace of God, made mistakes and learned along the way without dying. They are special and you are not. They read about Fastnet 79 and how Nick Ward got left for dead because there was only one liferaft and he got stranded on the boat without one, which is why you need redundant liferafts. And the boat he was on was new and lots better than yours, so that's one more reason you will never make it.

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Re: What to do?

I don't think I've ever read a more concise review of the year on SN. Well done KS!

ps. make sure you have a clearance form from a Vet (signed within the last 12 hours) at each new country you enter.
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Re: What to do?

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... get a job while you take ASA 101-783. It will give you time to look for a boat and your old lady can take lessons, too.
I second the recommendation of the complete ASA series. You may not be able to sail, but the framed certificates look great hanging on the bulkhead.

Plus, you should always sail with a group of people on your boat and a group of boats around your boat - safety in numbers - say at least 5 crew on your boat and 20 or more other boats in close proximity around you (maybe even tied together). I believe the Round the World in 15 Years Rally only charges a cool million for the privilege of endangering you.
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Re: What to do?

Although I fully understand your reason for removing the engine - and see the benefits of the extra space - safety is important, and in some situations a motor will be useful. I suggest that you go electric. Find an old golf cart, use its batteries (and perhaps the motor too) and go all-electric. Very environmentally sensitive.
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Re: What to do?

I would also suggest posting on this site for a female crewmember to help out.
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Re: What to do?

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I would also suggest posting on this site for a female crewmember to help out.
By all means. Use key words like "open-minded", "fit", "nubile", and/or "contortionist" to grab their attention!
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Re: What to do?

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Plus, you should always sail with a group of people on your boat and a group of boats around your boat - safety in numbers - say at least 5 crew on your boat and 20 or more other boats in close proximity around you (maybe even tied together). I believe the Round the World in 15 Years Rally only charges a cool million for the privilege of endangering you.
This is an excellent point. It solves the sleeping issue, since COLREGS are clear that you can never sleep at sea. All the boats can be lashed together into a flotilla, making them effectively a single boat. That way, if at least one person on any vessel is awake, the others can sleep and no regs have been violated. So long as none of the vessels is a Catalina, because it's not blue water boat. It will spontaneously sink and drag the entire flotilla to the briney deep.

Everyone should carry a Boye knife to slash the lashings if this occurs. You hate to watch a poor family aboard a Catalina go down, but the Law Of The Sea dictates that everyone in the flotilla shouldn't die because some crazy fool left the confines of the marina on a Catalina. Let's hope Catalina didn't manufacture these poor souls' liferaft, too.

Don't worry, though. If their EPIRB squawks AIS GPS someone with the appropriate VHF will intercept the coordinates and go to their rescue. (It won't be me, however. I do have 14 RADARs on board, but I don't ever look at them because RADAR is a crutch. But if the sinking happens in fog, then they might get lucky because I'll be sailing by instruments and will see their blip disappear, or their AIS GPS from their EPIRB will display on my screen.)

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Re: What to do?

KS - you really are bored, aren't you?

The hypothetical sailor would have also asked about an internet connection mid-ocean, so that they can post questions to SN in case of an emergency. After all, we are very helpful.
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