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Old 01-02-2012, 11:17   #1
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Micro Budget Cruisers in Action

Hello, So I got the boat, found the crew, and Started sailing.

We started our journey on January 20th, 2012 in Naples, Florida, and we are headed towards the Caribbean. Right now we are in Key Largo, Fl. waiting for the right weather to make the crossing over to Bimini.

To say we are on a tight budget would be overstating things! For us its more like camping on the water. We have the Basics of everything, Coleman Camp stove, Enough water to last a bit in separate storage containers, And a solar shower for the deck when we start to stink. oh, But a new a new engine was a must... We will be doing mostly free things, Hiking, Camping, Fishing, Spearing, Snorkeling, Boat work, and the occasional bar hop! (So far its been easy to get free drinks when we start telling the locals our story)

We will be posting many videos and pictures of our journey along the way. So far it has been a blast!

Did I forget to mention we have a combined sailing experience of about a year?

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Old 01-02-2012, 11:22   #2
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Good for you Hobo..
What more dya need... a star to sail by and a dry bag to crawl in at the end of the day... look forward to more...
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:23   #3
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Awesome, great see to someone doing it right

PS: When you "start" to stink, you still have a few days left Just Get some wipes for the important parts... Of course, you're not in winter weather, so solar showers on deck are pretty awesome even if ya don't stink yet

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Old 01-02-2012, 11:37   #4
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Have fun. Be safe. Did that back when I was your age. Talk about micro budget! And that was long before there was GPS, autopilots, Explorer charts, Internet, etc.

Looks like an old Columbia. We did our trip in a Columbia way back when. That thing leaked like a sieve, but the trip was one of the great adventures.

It's important to remind folks that this is a sport and an adventure that can be done on a shoestring, if you just have the determination to do it.

One bit of advice: keep that boat (and yourselves) shipshape and clean! Looks like you are already doing so. People will always welcome you along the way if you look like you care.
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:43   #5
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Thanks for your quick replies! Yea my boat is my baby, So i "try" to keep her and I clean. Yes she is a 1970 Columbia 26. The windows leak any time theres Dew outside. haha and if there's rain we're prepared to get a we bit wet. haha. So far its been amazing. We've even run aground, so i guess we've been around huh? lol
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Great! Will follow, have a nice trip!
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Good stuff! - hope you keep us posted.
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Terrific! Keep us posted on your adventures.
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kiwiladysailor is looking for a new boat to crew on perhaps you can assist,hear she is a great cook,happy sailings
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Good luck guys, the spaghetti looked, well, interesting.


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Hello, So I got the boat, found the crew, and Started sailing.

oh, But a new a new engine was a must...

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Have a great journey.

Not quite sure Indy would approve of your engine though.

Then again you need no ones approval but your own.

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Hope you have a great trip. Check back with us next year to update us on how it works out.
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Old 04-02-2012, 15:19   #13
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Made it to Bimini!
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That is awesome.

But you forgot to bring me along.
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Sweet! I'll be following you guys for sure. Keep FB updated or maybe start a detailed blog for your adventures....more pictures too!

It's nice to see folks getting out and doing.....rather than sitting in a comfy chair telling other people why they can't do it.
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