Originally Posted by beaverpilot777
Sorry for the long winded start...but we were wondering , as this is quite the undertaking for our first trip...if their are any others planning this trip soon, or at the same time frame we are and wondered if it's possible to 'fleet up' for lack of a better term, to kinda sail somewhat together, keeping check..keeping company, enjoying the stops along the way...making new friends...etc...??
Welcome to the forum, and congratulations on the new boat.
The correct term would be "buddy boating
." There are a few things you should know about the practice. First, it's best to buddy-boat with boats with similar hull
speeds. If a fast boat buddies with a slow boat, they'll both end up frustrated.
Second, buddy boating
should never be a substitute for self sufficiency. More than once I've been asked to buddy with someone who didn't have a radar
because he thought I could keep a lookout for his boat using my radar
. No thanks! If you're not 100% certain that you can make the voyage safely on your own, don't go.
Third, different cruisers have different cruising temperaments. For example, some boats turn on their engines whenever their speed falls below four knots, while others want to keep sailing. Likewise, some boats like to put up their spinnakers and blast while others prefer to reef and take it slow. My general rule
is that if the going is good, I keep going--so it doesn't work for me to buddy with someone who wants to put into harbor every night before sundown.
One final thought. It's a great idea to sail your boat out of Alameda every chance you get between now and your departure. An ever better idea is to spend as many nights on the hook as you possibly can. That's a skill that seems to come harder to newbie cruisers than the actual sailing, believe it or not. So learn to get some Z's while at anchor
Your best bet, if you really want to find a buddy, is to let everyone know what type of boat you have.