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Old 14-02-2009, 21:33   #1
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This is my first post, so hello everyone.

I am a newb, strait up ignorant of most things sailing. I have grown up sailing a 21 ft mono hull, and recently got a hold of a laser two (very fun) All my experience has been in a lake or a river of some type. Well about an hour in a small cat off the coast of Florida once.

I have a dream of sailing around the world before I die. Basics first, I need a boat that is actually ocean worthy. any suggestions?

Also, if there is one thing that you can tell me about sailing in the ocean. What would that be?

I am by no means going to pack up tomorrow and try to sail east till I hit something. I am here to learn, please excuse my ignorance.
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Old 14-02-2009, 22:13   #2
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Ahh.. one thing - keep the dream alive and never stop learning.
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Old 16-02-2009, 18:00   #3
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We just returned with our family from a four and a half year circumnavigation. My sailing experience before we purchased Faith, a 56' monohull was limited to a 16' Hobie Cat on an inland lake in Michigan. One rule I kept in mind is that there are only two things that can hurt Faith: land, and other boats, both of which you get away from while ocean sailing.
By the way, don't learn too much. There's a lot of people waiting until they've learned enough, or the boat's ready, or there's enough money or any of a number of things that just aren't going to happen. Those kinds of things keep a lot of boats at the dock.
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Search the posts on this forum. There are loads of threads about what boat will make a good ocean going cruiser.
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Old 16-02-2009, 18:37   #5
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This is my first post, so hello everyone.

I am a newb, strait up ignorant of most things sailing. I have grown up sailing a 21 ft mono hull, and recently got a hold of a laser two (very fun) All my experience has been in a lake or a river of some type. Well about an hour in a small cat off the coast of Florida once.

I have a dream of sailing around the world before I die. Basics first, I need a boat that is actually ocean worthy. any suggestions?
We did our circumnavigation on a Privilege 39 catamaran. If you want to see what it's like to make the voyage in a small catamaran, check out our website. We have over 300 pages and 2500 photos that show what it's like to make a sailing trip around the world.

Welcome to Maxing Out

Life presents plenty of opportunities for you to give up on your dreams.

A circumnavigation isn't rocket science. It's mostly hard work, common sense, and persistence. At least, that's the way it was for us.
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Old 18-02-2009, 17:22   #6
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Thanks for the replies, I have been poking around a little and now know much more than I did before I signed on to this Forum.
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Old 18-02-2009, 18:08   #7
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There are 3 basics that I would recommend:

1. Become very mechanical to the point that you can repair anything on the boat while at sea.

2. Study weather systems and understand how the different seasons effect where you sail.

3. Buy a parachute sea anchor.
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Old 18-02-2009, 18:46   #8
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[quote=Faith of Holland;255611]there are only two things that can hurt Faith: land, and other boats, ]

I'd add to the list
"a little too much water from the outside finding it's way inside".

Well, maybe one more.
"A stupidity storm"
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Old 18-02-2009, 19:08   #9
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Sailing, whether around the world or around the point to the next bay, is a series of steps, decisions, passages, adventures. So the most basic advice is to start making the steps, start sailing, reading, meeting others, sail some place, sail someplace farther and keep going.
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