Hi CF Community,
My girlfriend and I are in the dreaming/early-planning stages of an 8-week (6/1 - 7/26) Caribbean
sailing adventure. I'm 50, and I've two decades of experience exploring islands in the Pacific Northwest
. I've owned a Hunter
41 for over a decade. (A Hunter
340 before that.)
My only experience in the Caribbean
is a crewed catamaran charter
around the BVIs in 2005. This time I'd like to bareboat
with just the girlfriend and possibly short-term, fly-in guests.
We're looking for your sage advice to get us started? Here's a list of initial questions:
1) Where do we find reliable, sage advice? ;-) Seriously, my apologies if there's a better forum for these questions...
2) Would you recommend any books/videos for us?
3) Given the dates we have in mind (6-1 to 7/26,) what's a recommended, leisurely itinerary? (We're not stuck on the BVI's; anywhere would be fair game
4) Probably the hardest question of all: Where are we going to find an inexpensive sailboat for 8 weeks!? (Something similar to my old Hunter 340 would be more than adequate for the two of us, I think.)
We really appreciate you all helping us get started!