I just thought I would post an update now that time has past, and perhaps provide the push some will appreciate. It is now over 6 months since we shoved off. In that time we went to the Bahamas (Bimini, Berry Islands, Nassau
, and the entire Exumas) and back, making landfall in Fort Lauderdale
. We are now up the east coast
, doing it via the outside and the intercoastal. At this moment we are in a tranquil anchorage in the Chesapeake, heading up to NYC
for the summer, with plans to come south after hurricane
season. We have sailed almost 2000 miles and are now fairly seasoned on piloting (the intercoastal demands it) and short outside passages. While it has been hard work, it is totally worth it. We plan to come back south in the fall and continue on to the US Virgins. At any rate, GET OUT THERE. It can be done, and if you follow common sense and have been well read, it is possible. One thing we did learn is to trust ourselves and our instincts and our boat. We have seen many "seasoned" cruisers make very elementary mistakes
, and attempt to give us awful advise. By the same token, we have met many very helpful and giving cruisers as well, but you really need to be informed so you can learn who is full of crap and who really knows, because there are lots of both out here. Time on the water
is no replacement for good judgement and informed decisions. Thanks to all who are supportive, it was really helpful during the first stages of our transformation from landlubbers to blow boaters (gotta love that term!).