A friend and I are two college students looking for a summer voyage in around two years. We have a few questions so help us fine tune our plan
Our sailing experience includes racing
our own lasers and flying scots, crewing
on my friend's Pearson
26 for club races, and a single
instance of cruising on a rented Catalina
22 from Holley, FL to Perdido Key, FL through East Bay and Pensacola
Bay (a 20 nm trip that lasted 2 days).
Q: is this experience sufficient, or are we biting off more than we can chew with a Bahaman island hopping venture
We have roughly $10k total expendable. With this, we want to buy a used Catalina
22 to sail to go island hopping in the Bahamas
, while living aboard
(or maybe finding hostels). We plan on hitting Eleuthera, Nassau
. We plan on spending $5k for a boat and $5k living expenses
Q: Can $5k cover the catalina and outboard
Q: Is the catalina enough for this trip? I know it's not really a blue-water boat and somewhat small, but this trip is mostly just island hopping - a maximum of 70 miles will ever have to be sailed in a day
Q: If not, is there a trip-worthy boat that can be covered with $5k?
Q: Is 5k enough to cover a month of living (onbard and on the islands)?
We've already done an overnight sail so we know the flow of things, but we'll try to get more sailing practice over this year and the next - I'm thinking 1 more overnight trip should be sufficient practice. This should be sufficient, right?
Q: Are there any book recommendations you have for me, to more fully bolster my understanding of cruising?
So is this plan feasible? Should I adjust it anyway? Am I way in over my head
? Let me know!