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Re: Absolutely no experience, solo crossing an ocean?
I was in the same (sail)boat as you a few months back; never sailed and decided to buy a boat. I flew down to Florida to pick it up and ended up spending a few weeks on the hard getting all of the immediate items repaired. Went in the water and sailed in the ICW for 160 miles; decided I was ready to try for open water. **** myself leaving the St Luce inlet. Turned around, parked the boat and went home (Minnesota). Went back the next week and headed out of the Fort Pierce Inlet. Kept the pants clean this time but came back shortly.
Thing is... I don't know if water breaking over the bow, the boat rolling and pitching, and my mast taking a drink is normal or if I am getting myself into some situation that I can't get myself out of.
I've decided, now that I know my boat some, I'm going to hire an experienced captain to go out into the blue for my first time with me. At least then I will really know if I'm being a chicken or it's time to mayday.
That being said, I haven't felt more alive since buying my boat and setting off (to the marina, haha). If that is your passion, do it. There are a lot of dicks on the internet so take what they say as you would a grain of salt. The best and most helpful people you will find are at the marinas. Pick up a mooring ball. Make sure you join them for coffee in the morning and happy hour at night. Most of these guys are waiting for a weather window and more than happy to talk and give advice to guppy's like us in the mean time. You will never learn to sail via youtube.
Good luck to you and be safe.