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Hey, life is getting pretty boring, so I decided to buy a sailboat and sail around the world. I know the people here are really smart and could give me good advice on a couple of questions I have.

Only sailed a few times, but I have read a few books (that Slocum guy was quite a dude, we already have stocked up on thumb tacks) and lurked on Sailnet for a time, and figure it can't be all that hard based on what I read here and I have lots of time to pick up experience as we go. I sailed once on a friend's Hunter sailboat, I think it was a 42 footer and really liked it so I think I will get one of those. Can't afford anything that fancy and it is only for my girlfriend (she's a bit afraid of the idea right now, but will get used to it I am sure), our two year old twins and the Rotteweller so I was thinking about a 30 foot Hunter, so bought one for $7000 that I can fix up. I got maybe another $3000 to pour into the project (this sailing is pricey for sure) - that will mean we will have about $400 a month for a cruising budget which should be enough since we live simply and can fish a lot.

We will leave from around the Chesapeake in June next year and go to the Caribbean, I hear that things in Haiti are real cheap and that diesel fuel in Venezuela is almost free. Then we will sail to Europe and go through the Red Sea to India - always wanted the adventure of visiting some of these exotic spots. From India we will head to Australia and then around South America (heard the tolls on the Panama canal are really high so this way should be cheaper (money is tight, right).

Anyway, to my questions, budget is tight. The boat came with one anchor (12 pound Danforth the owner called it) and about 6 feet of chain (not sure what that's for, may take it off) and 100 feet of that stretchy yellow rope. I thought I might want a bigger anchor, maybe 20 pounds since I got the family to take care of, and another 100 feet of rope. Same time I thought I should have a gun to take with me since some of these foreign spots can be mighty dangerous. Problem is I can't afford both ever since that foreigner got into the White House and the economy fell apart, so which one should I buy - anchor or gun???

While you are at it, maybe you could tell me what type of anchor is best and what type of gun is best for cruising (is one gun enough, what about one for the wife too if we can get a deal)?

Also, should I go in 2013 or wait a couple of years in case the climate gets warmer and the sea level rises - hey, more ocean to sail on, right? OK, I was kidding about global warming, aint happening. BTW, if you think the world is going to end next week don't bother replying. I am not buying the anchor (or gun) until the January sales anyway - wouldn't want to waste the money if the world ends like the Mayans say it will. That's why we are not buying Christmas presents until the 23rd.
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Re: What to do?

I think you touched on all the pertinant buttons
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Re: What to do?

It all sounds reasonable and you're definitely on the right track (welcome to Sailnet btw!), however to do it right you need to do it motorless. Your planned route is easy in a pure sailing vessel, no reason to complicate things.

Gun wise, I recommend black powder, you can't go wrong with the convenience of a muzzloader. .177 calibre is also good for fending off pirates, I like spring loaded single shots in that calibre personally.

Regarding anchors, any will do (just make sure you have good rope).

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Re: What to do?

Don't worry about the 327 ships on the AIS in the Singapore Straits, Sumatra squalls with 40 knots and wind around the clock...or mention the unlit tugs with tow, funny lights on all kinds of fishing boats, fish traps, fish nets, FADs, fishing boats that want to play chicken or tag, huge tidal flows, leaky trannys and the new list of boat projects for someplace in paradise.

Yep, the wind is free, come on out and enjoy it!

Ok, OK, it's really more like dancing dolphins, cocktails at sunset and a women in every port....Thailand here I come!
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Re: What to do?

Hey, cut the guy some slack, you armchair sailors. Don't discourage his dreams!

I was sailing while in my mum's womb and the rest of you sit around the dock drinking beer while I am out there doing manly things!

Go for it, Dude! Send some postcards (or nekkid pictures of your wife would be even better )!
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Re: What to do?

I've never understood the need for all those schmanzy anchors. Many an experienced fisherman has used paint cans filled with cement without failure, surely they can double as cannon shells for defence in troubled waters. Live the dream
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Re: What to do?

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Hey, life is getting pretty boring, so I decided to buy a sailboat and sail around the world. I know the people here are really smart and could give me good advice on a couple of questions I have.

Only sailed a few times, but I have read a few books (that Slocum guy was quite a dude, we already have stocked up on thumb tacks) and lurked on Sailnet for a time, and figure it can't be all that hard based on what I read here and I have lots of time to pick up experience as we go. I sailed once on a friend's Hunter sailboat, I think it was a 42 footer and really liked it so I think I will get one of those. Can't afford anything that fancy and it is only for my girlfriend (she's a bit afraid of the idea right now, but will get used to it I am sure), our two year old twins and the Rotteweller so I was thinking about a 30 foot Hunter, so bought one for $7000 that I can fix up. I got maybe another $3000 to pour into the project (this sailing is pricey for sure) - that will mean we will have about $400 a month for a cruising budget which should be enough since we live simply and can fish a lot.

We will leave from around the Chesapeake in June next year and go to the Caribbean, I hear that things in Haiti are real cheap and that diesel fuel in Venezuela is almost free. Then we will sail to Europe and go through the Red Sea to India - always wanted the adventure of visiting some of these exotic spots. From India we will head to Australia and then around South America (heard the tolls on the Panama canal are really high so this way should be cheaper (money is tight, right).

Anyway, to my questions, budget is tight. The boat came with one anchor (12 pound Danforth the owner called it) and about 6 feet of chain (not sure what that's for, may take it off) and 100 feet of that stretchy yellow rope. I thought I might want a bigger anchor, maybe 20 pounds since I got the family to take care of, and another 100 feet of rope. Same time I thought I should have a gun to take with me since some of these foreign spots can be mighty dangerous. Problem is I can't afford both ever since that foreigner got into the White House and the economy fell apart, so which one should I buy - anchor or gun???

While you are at it, maybe you could tell me what type of anchor is best and what type of gun is best for cruising (is one gun enough, what about one for the wife too if we can get a deal)?

Also, should I go in 2013 or wait a couple of years in case the climate gets warmer and the sea level rises - hey, more ocean to sail on, right? OK, I was kidding about global warming, aint happening. BTW, if you think the world is going to end next week don't bother replying. I am not buying the anchor (or gun) until the January sales anyway - wouldn't want to waste the money if the world ends like the Mayans say it will. That's why we are not buying Christmas presents until the 23rd.
I read your post and I am shocked. I really thought I knew you better than that. You need to spend a lot more time on Sailnet and learn a lot more. You see, after reading your thread, I realized your forgot the grill. As such, you are not ready for such adventures. THe rest looks fine I guess, but leavnig the grill behind is a novice mistake.

If you can't afford the grill, no problem. You are in the Chessy, right? I know of a 35 foot C&C where you can get one. Just bring the wrench over after dark. I'm not sure the Dave fellow who owns the boat knows how to use the grill anyways. Bests to just leave him with a microwave and toaster oven.

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Re: What to do?

As Chef said, you hit all the buttons. But you do know that in a bout 9 mos to a year someone is going to bring this back to life and be taking it seriously....
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Re: What to do?

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It all sounds reasonable and you're definitely on the right track (welcome to Sailnet btw!), however to do it right you need to do it motorless. Your planned route is easy in a pure sailing vessel, no reason to complicate things.

Gun wise, I recommend black powder, you can't go wrong with the convenience of a muzzloader. .177 calibre is also good for fending off pirates, I like spring loaded single shots in that calibre personally.

Regarding anchors, any will do (just make sure you have good rope).

Fair winds, please don't forget to link your blog here so all can follow!
Thanks for the kind words and encouragement. Sounds like people think I am ok for anchors (that concrete in the paint can is a great idea. I bet I could make two from one bag of cement and be really well setup). Guess I should spend the extra money for weapons. What would you recommend for a budget of $100 (including some ammo of course)?

Who said anything about a motor? It is a sailboat isn't it? Braveheart, our new trusty vessel had a dead motor (Atomic powered I think), that's why it was so cheap. I hauled that sucker out pronto. Lot more room for kibble and stuff where the motor was.

About that midnight grill shopping, is that guy likely to be armed???
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Re: What to do?

You're the man Killarney! When you get around to it, can you give us your wisdom on choice of dinghy (hard or soft), keel types (full or fin), and how you're making all that cash to keep the cruising dream alive? While you're at it, educate us on the virtues of using an iPhone as a complete nav station.

Lastly, I'm sure you thought of it already, but if you flush your holding tank with bleach then you can fill it with rum and not have to lug around all those heavy glass pint bottles. Of course this means you'll have to pee in the sea, but dilution is the key to pollution, right!?
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