Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Wilson, NY
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need some advie on books for the VI
Here is my $.02. Your post sounds as if you do not have much, if any, cruising experience. To buy a boat and sail away sounds great, but magazines articles and pictures are not the whole story. This could be a big mistake financially for you. Many are the would be live aboards who found out things were different than they thought
I am presently planning a 3 month cruise - my longest before this was 5 weeks. I truly enjoyed the 5 weeks and wanted to go on, but 3 months is a whole new ballgame. Even after cruising every summer for the last 25 years for no less than 3 weeks each trip, I am wondering how I will react to 3 months.
You are going to be living in a closet. Have you ever done that? Do you get sea sick? Long passages sound like heaven, but learning to deal with those long stretches of time in a boat is something some people are not wired to do.
There are undoubtedly plenty of books covering your trip as it has been done countless times and you should certainly search for them.
Consider spending 6 months in the Keys living aboard. It will be an easier transition than heading off to the VI. See how that goes. My advice. Good luck. I do like your adventurism.