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Old 05-05-2015, 20:53   #1
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Have I Bumped my Head?

My wife and I are both getting ready to retire. We love the water but have no experience sailing.Amid a storm of responses from family and friends like "You are Crazy" and "You lost your minds" we believe we would love to learn how to sail with the goal of sailing from Florida to Nassau and the Bahamas. At 50 and 53 years old,we are very active, engaging in Cross Fit 4-5 days a week as well as hike, backpack, run and mountain bike on the weekends.

If in fact this is something we can do, we would purchase a sail boat and spend winters in Florida. I don't think we are crazy, but then again, how many crazy people do?

I have done a lot of research but have yet to find a specific answer to our question. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-05-2015, 21:01   #2
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Re: Have I Bumped my Head?

There must be 100 threads such as this. Why not do a search, read the threads, choose the answers you like and just leave the rest. Good luck and happy sailing.
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Old 05-05-2015, 21:03   #3
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Re: Have I Bumped my Head?

Buy a boat.
Buy insurance.
Buy a bit more insurance.
Hire a trainer captain for lessons.
Go for it and have a blast!...it's only fiberglass!!

Anything else will add years to your dream.


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Go For it. You will love it or hate it, but if you are daydreaming about sailing you will probably really love it. My first trip to the Bahamas was the first time I had been out of sight of land and all night too. It was magic. It was better than Magic. I stayed a full six months. It also taught me what I needed on my boat for my personal comfort. The next six months on the boat was in Florida, working on the boat. Mac
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Lol - yes, you bumped your head.

Liking the water and being on a small boat for months is kinda crazy. Read the threads about making passage, read the threads about hearing noises, see the photo of the whale crushing a sailboat, lightning, storms, rudder failures, big waves, mast failure, sun beating on you all day, too hot to sleep nights.

I joined a sailing club. I have been on 3 different 26 - 28 foot sailboats. All of them had things that were broke. The owner would say the plan to fix this or that. I have to think these boats are much better to want than to have one.

I am shifting my focus to a boat that can get me out to do some deep sea fishing on calm ocean days than back in to land.

Good luck in your retired endeavor.

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Old 05-05-2015, 21:15   #6
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I learned 10x more about cruising and managing a boat by charting (anchoring, routes, systems, running aground, accidental jibes, etc..) on a 4 day charter with just me and my wife than I have sailing with ASA courses.
You got to just get out and do it. It's the only way to learn and achieve.


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Thanks to all who responded to my post. I wanted to believe it was a great idea, in spite of what my family and friends have said. We are going to keep moving forward on this dream. Sure to keep you all posted..

Thanks again,
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My wife and I are both getting ready to retire. We love the water but have no experience sailing.Amid a storm of responses from family and friends like "You are Crazy" and "You lost your minds" we believe we would love to learn how to sail with the goal of sailing from Florida to Nassau and the Bahamas. At 50 and 53 years old,we are very active, engaging in Cross Fit 4-5 days a week as well as hike, backpack, run and mountain bike on the weekends.

If in fact this is something we can do, we would purchase a sail boat and spend winters in Florida. I don't think we are crazy, but then again, how many crazy people do?

I have done a lot of research but have yet to find a specific answer to our question. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

If you have never sailed, then yes. Making big plans without ever having your hands on a tiller and sheet is a mistake.

Go sailing this weekend.


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Just do it, you will have a great time sailing.
Leaning the basics is the first step, take an ASA 101 class.
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Re: Have I Bumped my Head?

Hey, if that's what you want, don't listen to the naysayers, just do it. There are plenty of people a lot older than you doing it who started after they retired. And I bet you a kayak to a ketch you'll find a lot of the naysayers won't turn down invitations onboard, and you'll find a lot of new friends as well.
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Of course you can do it! Start gently. Join a club. Crew with others. When you feel ready to buy a boat spend a season day sailing. You're still young, there's plenty of time.


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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Smoov.
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Check out our friends on Zero to Cruising who went from complete novices to experiences sailors... Go back to the beginning... having a drink in the hot-tub and making the decision :-)

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Lol - yes, you bumped your head.

Liking the water and being on a small boat for months is kinda crazy. Read the threads about making passage, read the threads about hearing noises, see the photo of the whale crushing a sailboat, lightning, storms, rudder failures, big waves, mast failure, sun beating on you all day, too hot to sleep nights.

I joined a sailing club. I have been on 3 different 26 - 28 foot sailboats. All of them had things that were broke. The owner would say the plan to fix this or that. I have to think these boats are much better to want than to have one.

I am shifting my focus to a boat that can get me out to do some deep sea fishing on calm ocean days than back in to land.

Good luck in your retired endeavor.

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Ignore that post. Not sure why that person is even on a cruising forum if that's the way they feel about it.


Go sailing with someone and take some classes. If you like it buy a boat and go. There is absolutely nothing crazy about it. The crazy ones, IMHO, are those that have a dream but give it up to stay in the rat race because someone convinced them they couldn't do it.


You are very young. What we wouldn't give to be 50 and 53 again and looking at retirement. If you are in good physical shape there is no reason why you can't enjoy many years of cruising.


Have fun and live the dream. We'll be joining you very shortly (and we are more than 10 years older than you.)
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