If all goes according to plan, I will be the new owner of a Stevens 47 in St. John. Current
plans are to complete the deal at the end of March and then I will spend a week or so aboard getting to know her. My wife and kids
will fly down for spring break when we will do a bit of sailing around St. John and perhaps to the BVI. Life is hard.
Sometime in mid to latter May, I will be going back with my father and a buddy to start bringing the boat north to Savannah where I plan to spend time this summer and fall doing various refit
stuff her in between having fun aboard.
I have never done an extended offshore passage
and its likely that nobody else along for the trip will have either. But we will have no schedule to keep and the timing should be the most docile time of the year for such a trip.
Here are my thoughts so far: We head
west from St. Thomas early in the morning for a daysail to Culebra
where we overnight. Leave very early in the morning and head
over toward the north side of Puerto Rico
and again hole up for the night. We may pause here for weather
or provisions if required. Then head out north for the Turks and Caicos
. From there north to he Bahamas
and eventually GA.
Or..... should we skip PR and just head straight north?
Im sure this route
has been done by lots of folks here.... gimme some ideas and suggestions. We are not wanting to bite off more than we can chew, but at the same time this strikes me as about as easy as it comes as far as first time overnight passages and such go (assuming we track the weather
, pick a good time to leave and winds blow from the east as is typical)