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The Journey Commences-- read and post
Good day my fellow wind-blown brethren of ye old sailnet forum. May 12th looks to be my departure date.
Gee-- Another departure date post-- not so fast. I am leaving on the start of life, my life, and I have no idea where or what I am going to do with it.
To start, my sailing vessel 'Strong Back,' has been living restored and prepared for an extended, albeit permanent, cruise. Add to this I own the boat outright as well as a 2002 Honda Civic. I have no gf, wife, kids, or other REAL reason for remaining attached to this prisoners existence for more than a few more weeks.
I do have the first two months planned- I was still hoping for some help from the thoughtful and less posters on here regarding some in's and out's. After the two months end I have an idea what to do, but it could change in a breeze. Feel free to live vicariously through me. Got an awesome adventure/idea that you can't do? Shoot it my way, i'll let you know if i'm down.
A few logistical and captain related questions to begin with. First off I am solo sailing. I am leaving from JAX on May 12th (weather affording) and making my way to New Smyrna Beach then West Palm Beach and then the shoot over to west end.
I know not to attempt the stream crossing with any winds from the N or E. What about the sail from Jax? Does a North or East wind affect the ride down the coast a lot? How far off shore should I ride off? 3 miles? 5? 10+?
I plan on doing the sail in day legs so no need for overnight. A planned stop in fort pierce, NSB, and WPB should sufficiently break the trip up to avoid any need for an overnighter
I have never used my GPS before- plan on getting west marine to show me how to program routes on it this week. So far I have used paper charts and eyesight. However the stream will put me out of sight of land, I want to make sure I dont miss west end. When you use the GPS, is it really going to tell me if im out of sight of land that now its time top cut in if I want to make the inlet suggested? I am just a bit worried about sailing past destinations. I am not worried about being out at sea, but I do want to know how to get to where I am going---Any and all pointers and advice in relation to single handed navigation is appreciated. (already know the 20 min egg timer rule)-- Just assume I have read my Chapmans, because I have.
Ok so the first part of the voyage has been planned in advance. I plan on a two month cruise of the Abacos. The questions come after. What should I do in July or August? Should I try to scrape money from odd jobs and fishing and skirt the out islands? Should I break for the virgin islands and get a serving job at a resort for a few months? Then maybe head to Brazil or Trinidad or ???
My whole life is open right now, i seek only opportunity. My voyage begins in two weeks. I am 25 years old and have my whole life ahead of me. How F'cng exciting is that?
Top 5 regrets before you die: 1. Didn't live life MY way
2. Worked too much
3. Lost friendships- busy lifestyles close you in to a wall of seclusion and isolation.
4. Worried about what others thought
5. Waited too long, now health is failing.
Well guess what? Im only at risk for #3 right now as friends tend to remain in one place... So I will have to make lots and lots wherever I go.
So what should I do? Stay in the Caribbean? Shoot for Latin America and work on a fish farm, work on a resort in the Virgin Islands-- sail to the Azores then med. What?
Money you ask? I only need $20 per day. I do not think I will starve. Also, I can always sell me car for a quick three grand.
The goal is to find my place on this planet to find peace, comfort, and happiness. The journey begins in two weeks. Fair winds and calm seas ye sailor friendlies.
No, im not crazy. Ive sailed all my life. Just never learned navigation without modern technologies. Something I need and plan on remedying soon.
THE WORLD IS MY OYSTER