Originally Posted by Sail debvz
New to the forum so bear with me please. My husband and I will retire next year after sailing for just this past summer for the first time. We love it and plan to prepare to travel south next fall to Florida and the carribean. We are cramming for everything we hope we need to know. Any first hand advice for two crazy will be cruisers?
You are only a few years behind us. We set sail about 8 years ago with the goal of sailing up and down the east coast
of the usa and over to the Bahamas without sinking the boat or killing ourselves. Since then we sailed the east coast 2 1/2 times and Bahamas twice. then over to mexico
to trindad to Antigua
and just finished year 3 in the med.
First suggestion take it slow and easy and one little goal after the next. We never set sail with the thought of doing what we are doing. We will not even discuss our next sailing season as it is always a work in progress. We never considered crossing the Atlantic till we did it. One small step at a time to take the time to see and learn how to cruise
. Second the boat is always being prepared as ours still is. So make small moves and learn and upgrade or add or whatever. third do not get in a hurry - take your time and enjoy. Fourth ask questions. We still do and learn every day.
But I hope your boat is not the Hunter
31. I will get bashed for this but get a real boat and enjoy a great life.