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04-11-2010 11:20 AM
smackdaddy
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Originally Posted by utchuckd View Post
Sounds great, but how do I go about it? I assume you can rent a boat for a day? Do I also rent somebody to go out and show me the basics too? How expensive is a small boat daysail rental? Right now it may be a pretty good option as I can get very cheap airfare and hopping down every couple/few weeks would give me a good jump start I think.
We found a day charter dude that would teach us while we sailed. It was our first time ever on a sailboat (Hunter 30). You can find the same thing with the big companies, but they're definitely more expensive. Ours was like $200 for the day.

Just do some poking around. You really can learn a lot in a couple of days with this kind of arrangement.
04-09-2010 11:21 PM
utchuckd Sweet! Must be awesome to see your boat in the water.
04-09-2010 03:58 PM
mikeandrebecca Thank you!

I just posted a video on the blog this morning of us launching our boat yesterday (no excitement in the video though... they didn't drop it). After all that we saw snowflakes at the marina today!!! We're definitely looking forward to the warmer weather so we can get back to sailing.

Mike
04-09-2010 12:27 AM
utchuckd
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Originally Posted by mikeandrebecca View Post
We've actually been documenting that same process on our blog. You might find some answers there:

Zero to Cruising!

Mike
Thanks, great site!

Btw, I just got a TRX for Christmas. Was just thinking how perfect it would be on a boat...
04-08-2010 05:51 PM
utchuckd
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Today is only Wednesday- you still have time to get ready to leave this weekend.
Seriously.
Sounds great, but how do I go about it? I assume you can rent a boat for a day? Do I also rent somebody to go out and show me the basics too? How expensive is a small boat daysail rental? Right now it may be a pretty good option as I can get very cheap airfare and hopping down every couple/few weeks would give me a good jump start I think.
04-08-2010 01:10 AM
solzephyr Watch for a good 7 day weather window and sail from Fort Myers to Captiva to Sanibel and then head South to Key West and then West to Dry Tortuga. You will learn so much between that and the return passage. If you don't wreck the boat you will learn what you don't know and why you need to know more. Carry the recomended ASA emergency equipment including a submersable hand held vhf radio. If you do wreck the boat you are still in safe range of USCG rescue. There is no Someday. Everything breaks and in the end the ocean will win. Good luck and fair winds.
04-07-2010 10:27 PM
utchuckd I've been reading the McGee series for a good decade, pick up one or 2 a year. Got a few more to go, but can see the end from here. (Btw, named my new puppy McGee back in the fall when I got him.)

I picked up a Doc Ford novel on a whim at the bookstore and was hooked immediately. Part of it is because the learn to sail course I did was on Captiva, so I was like 'Hey! I know where Sanibel is!'
04-07-2010 10:12 PM
smackdaddy
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And I just spent my gift cards on Travis McGee and Doc Ford books.

Thanks for the references. I've got a list of books and resources together from other threads.

Again, thanks for all the opinions and input.
Dude! Travis McGee rocks! Hanging out on "Busted Flush", drinking Boodles, solving crazy crimes with his buddy Meyers, and scoring more booday than any man in history? Perfect research for cruising ut.
04-07-2010 08:36 PM
bljones
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And I just spent my gift cards on ... Doc Ford books.

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I think that if you focus on Tomlinson's adventures, it almost qualifies as a cruising guide.

Seriously, R W White is one of my favourite authors- he knows the Keys and it shows.
04-07-2010 07:12 PM
pontiakos Interesting topic...it has been my experience that one should be prepared for anything at any time...what I mean by that is what happens if you don't have a glass patch kit and u need one, what do you use? fan belt breaks, electrical outages...things break at bad times, what is YOUR plan? Even if you have the repair materials, can u take time off the helm to effect them? Have u tried to roll up a mattress or cushion, buttress it to a bulkhead? in the dark?What do you use for braces? the table? does it come off easily etc?? It is the plan that makes the preparation successful, it is confidence that makes the plan work. Sooooo imho, you will never have all the things you need on the boat for every contingency, but you need to have a plan, practice that plan and prepare. You should take all the comments to heart, learn your boat, practice problems and get out there...welcome to the blue water, no better place to be!
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