I have been sailing for years. First in Lake Michigan and recently out of Santa Cruz
, CA up and down the Pacific Coast. I have owned five boats over the years. This year I sold my old Ericsson 32 in Santa Cruz
, CA and purchased a 2006 Leopard 40 Catamaran
out of the Moorings in the BVI. I worked closely with the surveyor
during the "phase out" and the Moorings was very responsive on correcting all known issues. I think I have now a good sound boat.
I spent two months this summer sailing and exploring the Virgin Islands
from St Croix to the Spanish Virgins to Agenda. Lots of sailing in a variety of conditions including some 8ft seas blowing 30 knots. I am back in CA now and will make a few more short trips this winter. I feel pretty comfortable with the boat, but as a long-time mono sailor used to the rough stuff in the pacific, I have not yet have the catamaran
in any really serious seas. I have attempted to study up on the handling charisteristics of cruising cats in high seas and do plan on caring a drogue
or other surfing break. I am still looking into what would be best for this boat in the seas I am likely to encounter.
The boat is being chartered in a secondary fleet while I am away.
Next summer I plan to leave in July and island hop to the ABCs. I am concerned about the crime as I head
south as well as the trip beating back east on my way home. I plan on retiring the boat to the Charter
fleet at the end of November, so I have five months to have fun.
Some upgrades to the now pretty "charter stock" boat will include: adding two solar panels
, a wind generator
, upgrade lights to LED, get an Epirb
, as wells upgrade to AIS
. I plan on renting
a sat phone
. This is a lot for this one trip, but I am planning on cruising five months a year. For 2015 I would like to do BVI to Panama
Other than the basics like watching the weather
close, and "reef often and early", I am looking for advice from folks who have made this trip. What did you wish you knew the first time you went down island?
Any ideas/input would be helpful.