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I really appreciate all your comments Capt.aaron. Your approach to sailing truly resonates with me. Simplicity, grit, and guts.
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I look at it like this, The boat was designed to catch a breeze and move along. So let it it do that, Put the gear you need on it first, and then what you want. keep your wants simple and your needs, starting at safety and work down to life support. ie: food and water. The simpler you make it the easier it will be. I grew up sailing the Bahamas with Grandad on our Soverel 28, starting 1979 till present. Great boat for that area, 3 foot draft for the banks etc. 8 foot for beating up the Toungue of the Ocean. I guess there is some grit invovled with my philosophy, but the gut's is really just the fact that many many people were doing it before me so I just immitated what I was seeing. I'm certainly no pioneer and I am def. not a performance sailor guy. If I'm moving along towards where I feel I need to be at a decent clip, I'm happy.
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Re: Best small boat for cruising the Bahamas?

I don see where there would be room- there's a boom there already... And Davits off the stern on a little boat is a travesty. Rolled up on the foredeck, with outboard stowed below in the cabin is the way to go with a small boat. Every other way has too dramatic effect on sailing ability in a little boat, loading the ass down, clogging the entire foredeck, etc etc.
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Re: Best small boat for cruising the Bahamas?

Currently I use a kayak as my dink, but stowing it on my current 20 foot Mirage is always a major pain. Usually I put a cover on it and tow it behind me but I always worry about losing it or flooding it in rough weather. I also carry my 14 foot stand up paddle board with me, tied to the stays or fore deck. That makes for a lot of clutter but provides a lot of fun once anchored somewhere. I'm working on some system of tying my board on top of my kayak.
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Re: Best small boat for cruising the Bahamas?

A decent size quarter berth can house the SuP and paddle. And a surf board or two with it. The kayak on a side deck of a weatherly wouldn't be great, making it difficult to get forward etc- but it wouldn't be a deal breaker either.
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Re: Best small boat for cruising the Bahamas?

Anyone think a Nonsuch 30 would be good for the Bahamas?
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Re: Best small boat for cruising the Bahamas?

Yes. The SD version especially. Sweet interior layout with an aft head. Plenty of cockpit to hang out in. Cruises at 5-6. Has plenty of storage. Easy to singlehand. I still like a sloop though.
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Speaking of dinks...
Has anybody seen a set up where a light dink is stored on a special rig over the cockpit? I know, it is a lot of weight hanging over your noggin, but it is so tempting to try...
well, this guy comes close... Hopefully, you'd have the good sense to step back and have a look at what you'd done, and quickly abandon the idea... (grin)

seems like you'd give up just a bit of performance under sail, to me...


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well, this guy comes close... Hopefully, you'd have the good sense to step back and have a look at what you'd done, and quickly abandon the idea... (grin)

seems like you'd give up just a bit of performance under sail, to me...


Ha!
As for a Big A$$ dinghy crammed into a little boat, I'm fix'n to buy the 18' kaboat as my cruising dink. I saw a guy with the black one zinging through an anchorage a few years ago and it's been on my wish list ever since. Fit's in a bag and puts together quick. For many years I cruised with 2 old beat up windsurfer boards on either side of me cabin top. This was decades before the paddle board craze. They are half the width of a paddle board, and super stable with the little keel thing down, and they are free usually. I would sit on it and Kayak paddle around. They also made it easy to cram stuff like jerry cans between them and the cabin top.

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well, this guy comes close... Hopefully, you'd have the good sense to step back and have a look at what you'd done, and quickly abandon the idea... (grin)

seems like you'd give up just a bit of performance under sail, to me...
Ha ha... good find!
I was actually considering using a dink turned upside down hanging over the cockpit as a poor-man's dodger substitute...
My SuP board is also a former windsurfing board. I kept a bunch of my old sails as well. In a pinch, they could make an emergency jib or two...
I'm probably a 'Larry-the cable guy' kind of a sailor...
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Re: Best small boat for cruising the Bahamas?

Yeah, I'm a Huckleberry fin sailor myself, him and jethro, I find a nice piece if 3/8 line makes a handy belt with a 100 and one uses.

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