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Old 18-03-2016, 16:07   #1
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HELP! Dominican Republic

Thank you all! Two years ago you taught me how to sail and have done 1500 miles in the Florida Keys. NOW i want to go to the DR. SO? Take the thorny patch? OR sell boat here, but another one there? How long will it take to get there? Have friends over in the DR now, got a great island guide. Would like to know your thoughts on this! Thanks, Dan on the Risky Lady Boot Key Marathon
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Old 18-03-2016, 17:07   #2
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All other things equal, sell this one, buy another in the Windwards ......... it will be a downwind stroll to Dominicana ........

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Might help to know what type of boat you have, condition and crew.

It's up wind for say 700 miles depending where in DR you are going. Many people have done it. Take your time and plan for stops and enjoy it.
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A suggestion - have not done it but worth looking at - sail to the southern Bahamas and then through the windward passage to Jamaica then early morning hops to the end of Jamaica and then across the southern DR


we sailed across from the western carib to Jamaica and did that trip and had a great time - Not many boats and some good sailing


Of course you say nothing about your boat, how it is equipped or your crew or anything else - so not sure if you have a 20' boat with nothing or the Maltese Falcon - it may make a difference
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Old 21-03-2016, 18:13   #5
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Dan: Try this website. Have this book and is very informative ,written by a guy that sailed it many times. It's title is a Gentalman's Guide to Passages South. Here is a link and good luck You will love the DR. Peter

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Old 23-03-2016, 06:18   #6
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thank you, some people say the DR is getting more and more crime, so, of course going to ascertain that. Seems to work, you have to have a little civilization. I could live in hut on the beach, have done it many times. Then money seems to always come into play, lol



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Old 23-03-2016, 06:19   #7
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35ft George O'Day 1989. No crew yet. THAT would be a big help!

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Might help to know what type of boat you have, condition and crew.

It's up wind for say 700 miles depending where in DR you are going. Many people have done it. Take your time and plan for stops and enjoy it.
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Old 23-03-2016, 06:22   #8
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Re: HELP!! Dominican Republic

yes, thank forgot to mention some important details.
when i hear your stories, it is a great motivator. I wonder if an
O'Day is strong enough to make it. I sail reefed


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A suggestion - have not done it but worth looking at - sail to the southern Bahamas and then through the windward passage to Jamaica then early morning hops to the end of Jamaica and then across the southern DR


we sailed across from the western carib to Jamaica and did that trip and had a great time - Not many boats and some good sailing


Of course you say nothing about your boat, how it is equipped or your crew or anything else - so not sure if you have a 20' boat with nothing or the Maltese Falcon - it may make a difference
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thank you, some people say the DR is getting more and more crime, so, of course going to ascertain that.l
I think the whole crime thing in the Dominican republic has been blown way out of portion. I believe it is a lot like any other place in the world where in it is as safe as you make it. We never had any issues with crime when we were there and found the majority of the locals to be very warm and welcoming. In fact the Dominican republic has been my wife and I favorite stop so far. You can read her point of view on some of her posts on our blog S/V Moitessier...

As for the thorny path we just finished it. We left Saint Augustine November 27 and had a very very leisurely and enjoyable sail down through the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos, the North Shore of the Dominican republic, south shore of Puerto Rico including Vieques and Calibra and are now sitting in St. Thomas as of a few days ago. We are really took our time went super slow and explored a bunch along the way. This gave us plenty of time to wait for good weather windows and we have had a easy and comfortable sail so far. If I were to do it over again the only thing I would change is I would skip the Turks and Caicos as we found them to be less than stellar and quite expensive both to buy things ashore and to clear customs. I think that if your boat is in good shape, you allot a few months time, and wait for good weather windows that is not a very difficult trip at all. If on the other hand you rush it or don't keep a good eye on the weather you could end up bashing into 15-20s the whole way...
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If you have more time than money and you already have a boat your comfterable with and is sea worthy I would just sail.
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thank you, some people say the DR is getting more and more crime, so, of course going to ascertain that. Seems to work, you have to have a little civilization. I could live in hut on the beach, have done it many times. Then money seems to always come into play, lol
Have a look at this site. It was just posted recently on YouTube

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How long will it take to get there?
You're kidding, right?
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yes, thank forgot to mention some important details.
when i hear your stories, it is a great motivator. I wonder if an
O'Day is strong enough to make it. I sail reefed
On idea on an O'Day -- is it 10' or 50' - how is it equipped?

maybe someone on the forum who knows about O'Days can help.
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On idea on an O'Day -- is it 10' or 50' - how is it equipped?

maybe someone on the forum who knows about O'Days can help.
It was posted that the O'Day is 35 feet.

I'm confused by your suggestion to sail from the southern Bahamas to Jamaica and then to the Dominican Republic. This seems far off the track with double the distance and increasing the task of making way to the east against the prevailing winds. Did you really mean "Jamaica"?
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An O'Day 35 will handle the trip just fine. Do like HansSolo, take your time, enjoy the trip, wait for the right weather, and you should do very well.

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