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new, looking for your thoughts.

hellow, I am new to the community and new to sailing.

Recently I was invited to accompany a friend of mine with sailing experience, how much I am not exactly sure, to go with him to pickup a new boat he bought. The boat is a 28foot Tanzer. It is being picked up in Miama beach area and sailed through the keys to Cape Coral, shortly after Christmas.

I have been debating whether to go with him because I have no idea what to expect as far as weather, water conditions, how long it will take etc. I would like to go because I may just end up liking sailing and want to pursue further on my own but I dont want it to be a nightmare.

Any comments or advice would be awesome.

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Hi LarryDallas,

Well, it's 80 degrees and clear in Marathon, Florida right now, and in the 30's here in Metro NY. So it sounds good to me!

But, I'd find out exactly how much experience your friend has. Would it be just you and he?

He should also give you a detailed " Float plan" of his planned route and schedule. Daylight hours are short, It doesn't sound like you'd be comfortable sailing at night yet. So, this is a trip of several days.

The boat is new, you are new. I'd definitely want to do a few shakedown and training cruises with you and the boat in Biscayne bay...before setting out....

It sounds like you need some confidence in both, your captain, yourself and the vessel. I think that's entirely reasonable.

I wouldn't rule it out, but I'd get the answers you want.

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That appears to be about 180-190 nautical miles or so... On a Tanzer 28 unless you're doing overnight passages this will take 2-3 LONG days (or more, of course, depending on conditions and planned stops). At least half of it is in relatively open waters up the west Florida coast. That's a pretty demanding "shakedown" cruise on a boat that neither of you will be familiar with. However a well-found Tanzer 28 should be up to the task.

As a completely new experience to you, you'd want to be sure you and your friend get along well esp if it's just the two of you. Agree that you should try to determine just how experienced he is - in this situation you'll need to feel confident in the variables besides yourself.
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That's a long trek for a newbie. If you don't hit any weather, then odds are you will be fine. In the event you do hit some nasty weather and you've never experienced it you might feel very uncomfortable and nauseas. Being sick on a boat is no fun and you'll be no help to the captain. I'm sort of surprised that he hasn't asked another experienced sailor to join you guys. I would be hesitant to bring a newbie on that trek.

Does the boat have a complete enclosure? How competent is your friend?

Find out as much as you can before you commit.
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