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I'm 77 and thinking of sailing from Toronto to anywhere maybe Jamaica, limited sailing experience plan to do it alone maybe a 30 ft boat==========================================
Using this older post as a continue the conversation regarding a crossing from Halifax to Bermuda.
Currently in Halifax
boat is a Cape Dory 30 MKII 1987 hull# 3
Fitted with new Viking offshore liferaft
Garmin Chartplotter and radar
several tablets with electronic charts plus Bermuda paper charts
EPIRB and personal AIS/GPS beacons
Diesel tank 20 gls
Diesel jugs 4 total 20 gl
Engine Westerbeke 3 cyl well maintained with 2 racors 500 in line with independent connectors to maintain engine running when filters clogged plus a remote vacuum gauge to monitor filters.
Water 40 gl
Jacklines lines from the cockpit to bow,all center installed and extra line from the cockpit to deck around dodger\
autopilot and Monitor windvane
just purchased Iridium go to have communications /weather reports and sign out a routing/weather service when on route
Plus have Garmin InReach explorer II for texting/weather
Me 78 y/o (no comments please)
Have sailed and cruised either short or single hand for the last 40 years
total logged 10000 n/m
last trip 4 years duration from Morro Bay to ST Petersburg via Panama Canal
crew 2 more people aboard with sailing experience
considering a 3rd? the boat is small.
leave Halifax to Bermuda first part of October and leave the boat on the hard to return in a couple of months after tropical storms season.
Why? stay positioned for a possible crossing to Europe or whatever considering my age do not longer buy extended warranties or draw long-range plans.
Advice and ideas sought out,I do not take offense if you point out to weakness
of my plans however, there is a limit due to my personality shortcomings.
The idea to sail coastal going south is considered but not sure in the long run is whort it, just finished motor sailing my boat from Morehead City NC and the tought of going back,well not exciting
thank you in advance