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New sailor going from Key West to Cancun: HELP!

Hey everybody! Thanks for checking out my post! I'm new to sailing, but am learning a lot as I go. I have a great instructor so that's good-- I'm going to go buy a Morgan 34 next week.

I want to sail early June to Cancun from key west, anybody know the best route to take? I don't know much about currents etc. so any advice would really help! ANY words of wisdom will do a lot of good for me so thank you!
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Re: New sailor going from Key West to Cancun: HELP!

Welcome to SailNet.

Forget the best route. You're buying a new to you boat next week and making this trip next month?

You're sailing in hurricane season.

You're sailing a new to you boat with (I'm guessing from your post) little to no sailing experience.

You're sailing across a body of water with no easy place to bail out should a storm pop up and no experience sailing this new boat let alone in heavy to extreme weather.

I'm sure others can add to the list of why it's not a good idea. You will, of course, get a few who say just go for it.

If you ask and your instructor tells you this is a good idea, I'd fire him if I were you.
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Re: New sailor going from Key West to Cancun: HELP!

^^ what she said.

And what's with all the Morgans lately?
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The boat is 67 Morgan. From what I have read it's a relatively easy sail if you catch the right window. Two and a half to three days. It's really that crazy to you? I have a ton of experience on water, but not with sails. I do appreciate your answers though!
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Morgans are great boats - especially the Out Island series. Of course, I'm a bit predudice.

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The boat will probably be fine.
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Re: New sailor going from Key West to Cancun: HELP!

For all the reasons already listed, I would suggest driving north to San Antonio, then Interstate 10 East to I75 South.

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Re: New sailor going from Key West to Cancun: HELP!

Driving a powerboat and sailing (solo?) on a crossing, even a small one, is not the same. At all. I hope this boat has a roller furling. If not, going forward on a pitching deck to change sails when the wind gusts up just freaking sucks. Meanwhile, no one is at the helm and you deviate from your course, and the sails are flapping all over the place. Does it have an autopilot? If not, (and if you're sailing solo), what do you plan to do when you have to sleep?

I agree with the others... this is not a good idea. And if this boat doesn't have a furling headsail, it might be too much boat for a new sailor to handle. Don't be offended. It's not meant as an insult. You should have no less than three reef points in your main. If you only have one or two (as a lot of older boats do that haven't been cruised in), don't go yet. And don't go for all the other reasons already mentioned. Especially the bit about hurricane season.
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Re: New sailor going from Key West to Cancun: HELP!

With all due respect, if you have a "ton of experience" on the water, you'd know the folly you're thinking of engaging in.

Are you singlehanding? There are a lot of oil rigs out there. How are your navigation skills? What navigation equipment will your new boat have and will you know how to use it in time? Does it have autopilot?

Again: Hurricanes and tropical storms. There's one forming already and it's not even the "official" start of hurricane season.

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Re: New sailor going from Key West to Cancun: HELP!

The boat does have a roller furling, and I'm going to install autopilot. I will be with two crew members to help out. THANK YOU for the responses! How fast do tropical storms spur up? I have a ton of experience on my 48 ft blackthunder powerboat, but I'm still learning the ocean, I just moved to Key West from Lake Ozarks, MO. This forum has already made me realize maybe I do not know what I'm in for if conditions are not ideal. I may just wait and get used to sailing this boat, and tightening up my skills during the beginning of June, just hopping Keys down here. This will also help my crew because they are more inexperienced than I am. It'll be up to me to teach them.
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