Go South new Boaters, Afraid, of What?
Having taken sailing lessons on the Ohio River, then more lesson with Off Shore Sailing in Florida why should we be afraid? Why, we're ready. So, off we go and buy a catamaran, hire a captain for our first off shore sail out of Ft. Lauderdale to Norfolk. Great trip up the Gulf Stream. Ok, so we sail around the Chesapeake for the summer planning to go down the inner coastal waterway after a trip home for the Christmas Holidays and a hernia operation. Our summer seemed to be consumer repairing every system on the boat. Before heading home for the Christmas Holidays we find we top out at 68'9". So much for the ICW. Being novices we decided that sailing around Cape Hatteras in January was probably not in our best interest. We discussed having a captain move the boat south with or without us. Most of the captains we discussed this with said a trip in January could be tricky. Most figured 3 days if all went well. Having just had an operation, the cost of hiring a captain and related travel, fuel costs, our airline tickets to and from the boat, and the cost of fixing our AC/Heating (required by all potential captains) we decided to leave the boat in a marina.
Afraid of what, well let's see. There is all of the maintenance stuff that is not taught in sailing classes which must be learned on the run, the funds needed to keep our to be home afloat, having the right repair parts when needed, and recognizing we really aren't in control but must flow with the circumstances.
Oh yeah we will be back on the boat as soon as possible. Afraid, but going for it.