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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.