We've been out for a year now, and are currently in the Domincan Republic, waiting to cross the Mona Passage
. Our experience? Lake sailing. We started on a Hobie Cat
, and did some chartering in the BVI's. Oh we read all the magazines, and after I read them, I was too afraid to go. There was so much we HAD to know. It was overwhelming!!! Then I read Bumfuzzle's logs and other people who were out there, instead of people who hadn't gone, trying to tell me what it was like. The truth? You will motor
way more than you expect! We left Florida
in April to get to the Abacos and have only sailed a few times. That's the way it is. Now, once we get to the Virgin Islands
, we will be sailing full time, but so far most has been wind
on the nose. What you need is a boat you have a connection with, (we are on a 38 foot catamaran) one you have confidence in. And a strong desire to live life differently. We sold our house and cars, pulled our two kids
out of school
and are having a great time. Also, importantly, you have to make the trip your own. You have to be clear on why YOU are doing it and what YOU expect to accomplish.
Read the logs of other sailors out there. Most don't have a lot of experience, just a srong desire. Sometimes, you can do so much reading, you become paralyzed to do anything. Check out our site s/v Alegria
. We have links to other sites too! Good Luck.