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Old 28-08-2014, 21:43   #16
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Re: Survivability of Novice Sailors

When we see a single hander come into the mooring field we say to ourselves... "This is either going to be really cool or its going to be very entertaining".

Oh and "thanks god he's downwind and/or down current from us."

Follow the advise and find some help. Too many things will go wrong in the first few weeks and if you are talking older blue water cruisers like we have, you are likely to bump into far more things than you expect, even with help.

BTW - my middle name is Hawkeye. I like driving around the anchorage in my dinghy with nothing but sunglasses, a cowboy hat, a kimono, and holding a martini.
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Old 28-08-2014, 22:25   #17
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Start with baby steps. Day sails with someone experienced. Then solo. Then anchor for overnights. Then multi day mini cruises in bays and sounds.for your first outside passage, once again u should have an experienced mentor. Your education leading up to solo offshore passage making should be gradual. You will learn essential skills and gain much needed experience that way. Jumping right into solo Bluewater sailing can be done but I would advise against it. Stuff happens.
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Old 29-08-2014, 00:04   #18
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Sure you can do it, but......
1) plan short day hops, anchor down by 4 PM. You'll need time to fix stuff.
2) follow the weather patterns and pick ones that don't have long thunderstorm periods, dealing with them takes time, and energy, and you'll be sleep deprived. Singlehanding means no one to help you reef, or secure the jib. And there can be times like that.

I think hello sailor's suggestions extremely wise, given that none of us know you. Sailing's different from flying in that there is more to do than drive the boat. Everything you attempt with the boat needs effective pre-planning with a doable escape maneuver.
About to come alongside a fuel dock and a bigger boat overtakes you and takes your spot--need a backup plan. Escape from difficult situations is lots easier with two than one, if one is experienced.

i guess maybe it's like you had flying lessons before you were licensed to fly solo. Well, you need practice in common activities on sailboats to be able to do them, not endanger others, and remain in control.

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Old 29-08-2014, 04:50   #19
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Re: Survivability of Novice Sailors

Gee people the OP is just going down the coast to Florida, not crossing an ocean. The only difference between that and a day sail is that you stop in a different place each day.

Yes Clark you can do it and it isn't all that crazy.
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Old 29-08-2014, 07:09   #20
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What are the boats you're considering?


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Old 29-08-2014, 07:28   #21
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Re: Survivability of Novice Sailors

you fly--you can die.
you sail----you can die
you cross a street you can die.
why not just go do it and if ye die you are doing somehting you enjoyed..or not....
why is everyone so focused on the dying--we all gonna do that--is just a matter of time, remember, 10 out of 10 die.
enjoy your life while you are alive, that is what it is for..
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Old 29-08-2014, 07:50   #22
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Re: Survivability of Novice Sailors

I have to be a "Putz" about this.. you're an adult, you buy a boat, and ask an internet forum if they think you can sail the boat down the coast... Do you think you might have thought about this venture "BEFORE" you decided to buy the boat..

and I can read the news paper now.. "Boat gone aground due to the bad advice of an internet forum"....

got to go along with ZEE on this one........you're going to die.......
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Old 29-08-2014, 08:08   #23
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Re: Survivability of Novice Sailors

If you need sailing advice ask my man Jonah:

Sailor Abandons Boat off Florida coast

Just kidding really, but you might want to checkout Jonah's adventure above.
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Old 29-08-2014, 09:00   #24
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Stock up on grapefruit. ;P


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Gee people the OP is just going down the coast to Florida, not crossing an ocean. The only difference between that and a day sail is that you stop in a different place each day.

Yes Clark you can do it and it isn't all that crazy.
Yeah, I'm thinking he has no set time table so he can take his time, lay up when its smart to do so etc., fix whatever needs it. Surely if he plans on most of the trip to be in the ICW until he becomes comfortable and shakes everything out, why not?
It's not like he's saying he has two weeks to do it and he has to go offshore in late Sept., early Oct or anything, that would be different
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If this was my first trip on a boat that was new to me, I would be doing the intracoastal waterway the majority of the trip. This is a shakedown as well as a delivery, and you will find plenty of things that need to be fixed, changed, modified along the way. I would rather find out the problems on the intracoastal than out at sea.
yes, don't hop outside until south of Hatteras... maybe Charleston. Should be fun. Know your boat, know how to reef solo and fast. In the south it can be nice sailing outside, but a thunder squall an hour later.
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Re: Survivability of Novice Sailors

a superior pilot is one who uses superior judgment to avoid situations that require superior skill

When in doubt don't go out

Other than that, go for it!
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Old 29-08-2014, 11:17   #28
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Re: Survivability of Novice Sailors

there is also A LOT of truth in the fact that you can do this because you dont know u cant do it.

i once watched a guy doc his 65' behemoth by himself while smoking a cigarette and talking on the phone.

we got to chatting after and i learned that it was the 2nd time he had left the doc since buying the boat and the only other boat he had captained was a 23' motorboat and has never raised a sail in his life.

when i ask how on earth he just single hand docked her his reply was 'why, is that hard to do?'

i cant even imagine attempting to pull a 65 into her slip alone and i have 37693759375395739573957 times more experience than he did.

why not ask the bumfuzzles what they think (or check to see if the same naysayers on this thread are the same bumfuzzles haters).

personally, i am a lot more interested in what boats you are considering.

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Now if you have time to take day hops down the ICW, all bets are off. I would say you can do that alone, given your previous experience, but it will take a while. Daylight only, and watch for crab bouys and debris. Make sure you have all required equipment onboard. But another person with you, with some experience, would still be really great.

I would think that you would be better off boat shopping in Florida.
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I like the guys that said you cant get in and out of ports in a current. I guess they don't use tide charts.
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