Originally Posted by scarlet
We have actually been looking at the Abacos...
Don't do your first solo charter
in the Abacos. There are certainly some good features of the Abacos, but as a fairly experienced sailor I found the Abacos somewhat frustrating. Due to so many shallows I found the sailing to be rather "constrained." The cruising options were limited, and I spent a lot of time planning on how to avoid shallows. I'm not saying that you shouldn't go there, but don't start your chartering career there.
So where should you start? I recommend the British Virgin Islands
. It's the easiest place I know of to sail. There are many charter
companies to choose from and they all can supply a captain
for two or three days to get you started. With deep water
and many harbors, constant and consistent wind
, and many islands to visit, it's a wonderful place for any sailor, but especially for novices. Your etraining and experience are more than adequate for BVI, but you can hedge your bet with a captain until you feel comfortable sailing as a couple on your own. Get a manageable sized boat; 38-41 feet should be about right.