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Re: Help PleaseóMoving to the Reality Stage

wingNwing,
Might hang here sailing everyday and possibly hook up with you on the way down. I'll keep in touch.
Thanks Saildork for the encouraging words, about to send in my offer.

Mike

BTW getting insurance quotes for liabilityonly, is 300K good or should I bump it up to 500K? Also getting tow insurance Sea Tow looks to be best here going off-shore..
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Re: Help PleaseóMoving to the Reality Stage

I like 500k or more and be sure it covers environmental cleanup. Causing that much damage to someone's property is less likely, but you want enough coverage to protect your assets in the event you hurt someone. Its specific to each insured, no one answer for all.
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Re: Help PleaseóMoving to the Reality Stage

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Hi wingNwing,

I was planning on heading north to the Chesapeake in June and wait until Oct to head south--interested for sure. I am currently located in Murrells Inlet, SC (Myrtle Beach area).
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Mike the other option is to sail out of South Carolina for the summer. You're getting ocean experience then. The ICW is a motor job and the Chesepeake Bay is, ummmm a bay.
There's great day sails and short overnighters in hurricane safe areas between you, Charleston and Savannah with free anchorages. Those cities are interesting places to visit too.

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Re: Help PleaseóMoving to the Reality Stage

As we are presently in the Caribbean voyaging, I thought I'd mention a couple of things you might consider, if you have not already, though they are a bit off topic.
A really good dodger, one with clear panels on the sides (you don't want limited vis and it isn't as nice to peer through a dark tunnel), as well as the front is an absolute necessity, especially on a smaller boat. If you can attach the Bimini (another necessity in the tropics) to the aft edge of the dodger, even if it isn't the prettiest set up, you will appreciate it when you are sailing, and at anchor in squalls.
Our chartplotter is at the wheel, which is much more user friendly than having it mounted out of reach. I would suggest the biggest screen chartplotter you can afford. So far, other than the ICW, our Garmin charts have been perfect, though I can't say that about where we haven't been, obviously.
Good luck and we hope to see you down this way next winter.
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Re: Help PleaseóMoving to the Reality Stage

Mark, I was thinking the same thing about sailing SC. Thanks.
Capta, The boat I made an offer on has a very nice dodger need to add bimini,gps and I have an ipad with built in gps, and a handheld. Not sure I'll be ready next winter, Bahamas yes, Caribbean?
Just checked insurance seems pretty reasonable for 500k liability.
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Re: Help PleaseóMoving to the Reality Stage

Hi Mike -

I am just reading this now for the first time. I think you got some great advice above. +1 on the environmental / spill coverage (could be more important than the total liability limits). Good luck with your offer, but +1 on the idea of "buy the best boat you can and spend your time sailing not fixing" (you'll wind up with plenty of fixing anyway). Finally +1 on the go and sail with what you've got before adding lots of new kit (you'll learn what you really need and want over time -- and have more $$ for it in the end). If your offer doesn't go through, it seems to me that I might have noticed some nice CD's (on the capedory.org board) including maybe a couple of 30's and a 31 and possibly a 36 that are in the Charleston area and around your price range. They would be generally in tune with the designs you are already considering.

Good luck - can't wait to hear how it works out.
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Re: Help PleaseóMoving to the Reality Stage

Mike,

Congratulations on your impending purchase. You post as though you are going about this choice logically, which is really just fooling yourself. I believe all boat purchases are not logical, and indeed are firmly grounded in insanity. So why do we buy them? Because we fall in love!

Which boat are you in love with? Buy that one.

Don't buy the boat that has more check-marks on the list, buy the one you're in love with. That way, when the most expensive part of the boat falls off and you have to fix it in the middle of nowhere it will all be part of the "adventure".

It sounds to me like you've taken a shine to the Southern Cross 31. All three look like good choices and there ARE some real advantages to going small. On the other hand, you'll be living aboard, so be sure to pick a boat that has really good accommodations ABOVE DECKS and BELOW DECKS. In the tropics, living aboard also means hatches for ventilation, places to hang hammocks, comfortable cockpits for lounging, easy entrance to the water for swimming and biminis to hide from the sun. For living aboard, a good below decks layout is a given, but don't forget the above decks.

As for the ketch rig, that is a major plus, not a minus, even for the single hander. It's another self tending sail, so it's not much more work and it's utility is endless. You can use it as self steering, or fine tune your weather-helm to take the strain of the pilot. You can use it as a riding sail at anchor. It's a great place to hang a wind generator, sun awning, or hammock. When reefing, you take down the main first, and the remaining storm sails are the mizzen and headsail, both tended from the cockpit (with a furler). Many full keeled ketches heave to very well with all sails down except the mizzen. Easy as pie to change from storm sailing, to furling the headsail and heaving to.

Good luck with your purchase and upcoming adventure. The most important thing you are doing is deciding to go!

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