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Which oceans don't have sharks thx

I actually had a similar landlubber based question but for bears and backpacking. Let me rewind a bit...

Hey all! I am a 32 year old male, life is going at light speed, and I work in tech around the SF bay area. I've had the dream of building a wooden boat most of my life, and sailing to far-off places. Currently, the desire to do coastal/south american/Hawaii and beyond voyages is my target.

I currently have a 1978 o'Day 23-2 that I picked up for cheap and spent way too much money and time fixing up. It's almost ready to go back in the bay again, and may sail it to Tomales/Bodega.

My experience: I sailed a few times as a kid at a summer camps. I've read many books on voyaging and a few on seamanship. Have gone out solo probably around 15 times including overnight anchoring and desperately want to go more. I also watch *all* the sailing youtube channels in the little free time that I have outside of work, real estate, fixing the boat, and music.

I plan on taking my first leave of absense/voyage in 1 to 1.5 years. I haven't managed to convince a girl (well beyond some hippie ones) to come with me yet. But I'm working on that too.
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Re: Which oceans don't have sharks thx

All oceans have sharks. They are in the Mediterranean sea as well. If you are really afraid of them, get one of those electric field shark repellentshttps://sharkshield.com/news/do-shark-repellents-work/

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Re: Which oceans don't have sharks thx

Or go lake sailing..... Why the concern? They are not going to attack your boat like some other "sailors" said at the time of their "rescue"......
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My experience: I sailed a few times as a kid at a summer camps. I've read many books on voyaging and a few on seamanship. Have gone out solo probably around 15 times including overnight anchoring and desperately want to go more. I also watch *all* the sailing youtube channels in the little free time that I have outside of work, real estate, fixing the boat, and music.
Then you must have seen "SV Delos" vids. They seem to dive around or near sharks all the time. Im not a diver, so I looked it up. Seems sharks arent as aggressive as we are led to believe on tv. Just dont make yourself look like a splashing target (wounded fish/animal) and dont approach or threaten a shark and (apparently) they leave you alone.

Id be interested to hear from some actual divers.
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I actually had a similar landlubber based question but for bears and backpacking. Let me rewind a bit...

Hey all! I am a 32 year old male, life is going at light speed, and I work in tech around the SF bay area. I've had the dream of building a wooden boat most of my life, and sailing to far-off places. Currently, the desire to do coastal/south american/Hawaii and beyond voyages is my target.

I currently have a 1978 o'Day 23-2 that I picked up for cheap and spent way too much money and time fixing up. It's almost ready to go back in the bay again, and may sail it to Tomales/Bodega.

My experience: I sailed a few times as a kid at a summer camps. I've read many books on voyaging and a few on seamanship. Have gone out solo probably around 15 times including overnight anchoring and desperately want to go more. I also watch *all* the sailing youtube channels in the little free time that I have outside of work, real estate, fixing the boat, and music.

I plan on taking my first leave of absense/voyage in 1 to 1.5 years. I haven't managed to convince a girl (well beyond some hippie ones) to come with me yet. But I'm working on that too.
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None.

No oceans are without sharks.

If you are such a gutless coward then sailing isn't for you. Nor women.

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Re: Which oceans don't have sharks thx

Younger generations are on the scene now...getting an interest in sailing....
Shark apps are here...really
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None.

No oceans are without sharks.

If you are such a gutless coward then sailing isn't for you. Nor women.

Go home and snuffle mums breast.
Hmmm, I think someone’s running low on his anti old-crank pills. Someone, send Mark another bottle of rum!

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Hmmm, I think someone’s running low on his anti old-crank pills. Someone, send Mark another bottle of rum!
I'm pretty surprised that anyone took the shark comment seriously! My style of humor isn't the most obvious I suppose.
But anyway, I have had my boat surrounded by sharks after I ran aground my first time solo sailing. I was a gutless coward and decided not to swim to shore in that incident (not that that would have helped me).
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NP

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When you have a real question, just post it.
I do. It's a long one about whether I should buy a boat and when, how that affects my business and job, and my cruising plans. It might be a little too financial heavy though...I assume that should go in the cruising section.

Thank you everyone for the replies.

Joking aside, I am actually afraid of sharks. My friend wants to do a swim to alcatraz for example. I'm not quite so sure...
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