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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.
Huck was a big inspiration for my early river adventures
Have you read the book Papillon? That guy had some incredible sea adventures. Some question whether they were really his, but I believe him. The power of human spirit is incredible.
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Have you read the book Papillon? That guy had some incredible sea adventures. Some question whether they were really his, but I believe him. The power of human spirit is incredible.
I saw the movie. I remember him making it to land on a bundle of coconuts.

" Some are boat wise and some are other wise"
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I saw the movie. I remember him making it to land on a bundle of coconuts.
The book is at least 10 times better and includes a detailed account of his incredible life with the Venezuelan Indians. The movie changed that part as well. In the book he left the Indian village because he wanted to go back to civilization - something he later came to bitterly regret for the rest of his life.
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The book is at least 10 times better and includes a detailed account of his incredible life with the Venezuelan Indians. The movie changed that part as well. In the book he left the Indian village because he wanted to go back to civilization - something he later came to bitterly regret for the rest of his life.
20 years ago when I was working in Belize, and old fishing guide recalled Papillion Himself had passed through the area back in the 60's.

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20 years ago when I was working in Belize, and old fishing guide recalled Papillion Himself had passed through the ares back in the 60's.
Wow... that is pretty awesome...
Despite all the development in the coastal areas in Central America and Caribbean, there are still many fantastic and wild places there. I hope to see them some day before I kick the bucket...
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Re: Best small boat for cruising the Bahamas?

Back to the topic, I just read on the Mantus anchor thread that some dude is sailing around the Bahamas on a 12 foot boat.

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I am pretty much set on a Westerly Centaur - 26 feet and twin keel
CENTAUR 26 (WESTERLY) sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com
What are the things to watch for when buying this particular boat?
Your comments are always deeply appreciated. I have learned a lot here.
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Hopefully, someone can talk you out of the Westerly. I used to teach sailing on Westerlies of this era and they were really crumby boats. They did not sail well, especially in the kind of chop that the Bahamas and Gulf Stream are notorious for. They had cheesy hardware and were not very well constructed and so needed to be pieced back together with a fair degree of regularity at least as compared to the one Pearson that was in the fleet. The bilge keel version of that boat was terribly difficult to free when it was run aground. I know the English love these boats, but there are much better choices out there for the dollar.

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Yeah, I remember my buddy's, it would bob up and down instead go forward.

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Hopefully, someone can talk you out of the Westerly. I used to teach sailing on Westerlies of this era and they were really crumby boats. They did not sail well, especially in the kind of chop that the Bahamas and Gulf Stream are notorious for. They had cheesy hardware and were not very well constructed and so needed to be pieced back together with a fair degree of regularity at least as compared to the one Pearson that was in the fleet. The bilge keel version of that boat was terribly difficult to free when it was run aground. I know the English love these boats, but there are much better choices out there for the dollar.

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Your input is much appreciated, Jeff... even if it bursts my bubble... In theory and on paper a lot of stuff looks good, but it takes people with direct experience to make a proper evaluation... I guess I'm back to my original group, like the Cape Dory 25D to CD28, Bristol 27 or one of the larger Bristol centerboarders...
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I don't think you can go wrong with a bristol centerboarder. An old flush deck Cal 29 is a good one to, roomy below.

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