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Old 17-10-2012, 19:34   #16
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Re: Route from Florida to BVI

Well, thank you all for the info. It is very interesting. We have the whole winter season to plan our trip and dream the dream.

Happy sailing everybody.
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Old 17-10-2012, 20:04   #17
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Re: Route from Florida to BVI

Some blogs are pretty interesting.
ICW and the Bahamas
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Old 17-10-2012, 21:09   #18
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Keep an eye on the Gulf Stream and do not cross with any aspect of a northerly wind in your size boat. Any aspect of a northerly wind will push wave heights to 15’.
All good comments in this post, but I'd like to just point out one or two things that I've seen in this thread and elsewhere that I think are worth saying to a 'newbie'.

1) 36 feet is not a small boat - if it is well-built and well-equipped. Boats of much smaller sizes regularly cross oceans, and 30-35' was the old 'normal' back when people were cruising the world without GPS and all manner of other gizmos we have today. Recently a 16 year-old girl sailed non-stop around the world around the southern ocean in a 34-footer.

2) Before I went cruising I spent a lot of time on cruisersforum, and the net effect was I was way more scared of everything than I needed to be (including the gulf stream.) Take your time, push yourself just a little bit harder every time you go out, and take a lot of the horror stories and warnings you hear with a pinch of salt.

On my way out I was scared of everything. On my way back from my cruise I crossed the gulf stream solo in a 15kn NE wind on my 33' boat and it was a piece of cake. No monstrous waves in sight. A little bumpy? yes. In any way dangerous? no. It was fun.

Good luck. Take it easy, and one step at a time, and you'll look back and laugh at how terrifying things might have seemed in the beginning.
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Old 18-10-2012, 10:46   #19
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Re: Route from Florida to BVI

Thank you sgtPLUCK!

It is appreciated. Actually, this is the way I see it. It is true that we are relatively new in the sailing adventure but I have some other knowledgment that could help. I am commercial pilot. I flew all around the world. So taking decision, read the weather, making nav, being one mille ahead of the boat, in the air or on the water there are lots of similar elements. Now, we are learning our new marin environment, learn from everybody and every trip. We'll take it easy and take it from there.

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Flysci has hit upon the essence of the trip. The best way to get to the BVI's is to head for Bermuda and then south along 65 deg. W to the islands. It will be a shorter and easier trip than taking multiple beatings going through the Bahamas. The mate and I did the Gentleman's Passage South and found that though one may be a gentleman at the beginning, one becomes a raving lunatic by the end.
Wear out the Keys and Bahamas first and then fly to the Islands.
I must agree with Jim. I did it both ways and I65 is the best route....no tolls, expressway all the way. Only danger is weather.....hehehe
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All good comments in this post, but I'd like to just point out one or two things that I've seen in this thread and elsewhere that I think are worth saying to a 'newbie'.

1) 36 feet is not a small boat - if it is well-built and well-equipped. Boats of much smaller sizes regularly cross oceans, and 30-35' was the old 'normal' back when people were cruising the world without GPS and all manner of other gizmos we have today. Recently a 16 year-old girl sailed non-stop around the world around the southern ocean in a 34-footer.

2) Before I went cruising I spent a lot of time on cruisersforum, and the net effect was I was way more scared of everything than I needed to be (including the gulf stream.) Take your time, push yourself just a little bit harder every time you go out, and take a lot of the horror stories and warnings you hear with a pinch of salt.

On my way out I was scared of everything. On my way back from my cruise I crossed the gulf stream solo in a 15kn NE wind on my 33' boat and it was a piece of cake. No monstrous waves in sight. A little bumpy? yes. In any way dangerous? no. It was fun.

Good luck. Take it easy, and one step at a time, and you'll look back and laugh at how terrifying things might have seemed in the beginning.


I may have limited postings on this site but, I am certainly not a “newbie” to sailing. I again express caution to crossing the Gulf Stream with small children and limited experience of sailing. All I am saying is simply look for a good weather window and all will be fine. While I agree a 36’ boat can cross oceans, perhaps it’s not the best first step for a novice who would like the kids to have a great experience.

I agree with you about sites and magazines that scare the crap out of people. I spent many of my younger years reading Cruising World. Every month featured a new story about someone who almost died because of one thing or another. It is not my intent to scare someone. I too saw the horror stories and questioned if life on a boat was a worthwhile adventure. I have since found it is. Experience is gained by as you say “push yourself just a little bit harder every time you go out”

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