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Cool beginner with ?s

I am totally new to sailing. But I really want to learn. I dream of sailing from Texas to Brazil sometime. What kind of certification would I need for international sailing? Would a ASA school be a good place to start? Could I get a certifacate from the ASA school that would have any bearing on international sailing? Would a 27 foot boat be seaworthy enough for the caribean? Also could 2 men handle a 27 foot boat?
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The federal government issues licenses, and the ASA, a private corporation, issues certificates. An ASA certificate is not necessary for any purpose, but it can help you prove to a boat charter company that you are competent to rent a yacht. Generally, you don't need either a license or an ASA certificate to operate a recreational boat, regardless of whether you own it or are renting it, and regardless of whether you're sailing across a small inland lake or around the world. If, however, you operate a boat for commercial purposes, or if you carry passengers for hire, you need a license from the government.

Most 27 foot sailboats wouldn't be up to the kind of cruise you're contemplating, but some of them would be. It depends on the design and construction of the boat. Two people would be able to do the trip. Actually, only one person is necessary to sail the boat, but you really should have someone else to stand watch while the other is sleeping.

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You can set off around the world in a boat with any certification of any kind, you don't even need a drivers license. This just emphasizes the fact that you are on your own in such an undertaking.

As to a cirumnavigation by two in a 27' boat, read a copy of The Dove to see how one person did it in a 24'

good luck.
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Cool thanks so much for the answers

Thanks for the answers. Has anyone looked at the Antrim 27 seems to be a very nicely designed, and would be a pretty tough little boat. But if you guys have any input on the Antrim 27 I would appreciate it. Do any of you know where to get the predicted weather for the Caribbean? Also what time of the year is milder for crossing the Caribbean?
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huracanes start in april and end nov., best to start around dec. for good weather
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Cool Thanks

Thanks for the info. You guys have been a big help.
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