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Old 07-05-2014, 22:42   #1
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Beginner Winter Cruising Advice

Hello all,

I have been a spectator of these forums for a short time and have picked up a great deal of knowledge. However, I would like to throw out my question/scenario to you guys in order to get some custom feedback. I thank you in advance for your contributions.

I'm a 20-something, single, adventurous guy who lives along the Lake Erie coast. I dread winters here and I'd much prefer to relocate to Charleston, SC (Beaufort/Edisto area), but my business and network keep me in the area. I believe the next best option is to buy a catamaran and sail during the harsh winter months to the Caribbean. I have the means to buy a vessel and to live aboard for 2 or so months I would be away.

I know I want a multihull, do you have any watercraft recommendations for someone who would be winging this solo? Any good used ones for under $50k?

Do you recommend any particular course (January-early March)?

There are sailing academies along Lake Erie, do you recommend me attending one?

Any other advice would be very helpful. Thanks!!!
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................... I believe the next best option is to buy a catamaran and sail during the harsh winter months to the Caribbean. I have the means to buy a vessel and to live aboard for 2 or so months I would be away. ...................
It might be a better choice to buy and sail "in" the Caribbean instead of buying and sailing "to" the Caribbean. In addition, island hopping among the Lesser Antilles would allow for a more suitable vessel available under 50K than making the hard beat to windward in order to arrive. Some do this and store the boat on the hard in Trinidad during the tropical storm season. "Knowing I want a multihull" comes with knowing you will spend about twice in purchase price. Be sure to investigate all the factors to this choice.
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It might be a better choice to buy and sail "in" the Caribbean instead of buying and sailing "to" the Caribbean. In addition, island hopping among the Lesser Antilles would allow for a more suitable vessel available under 50K than making the hard beat to windward in order to arrive. Some do this and store the boat on the hard in Trinidad during the tropical storm season. "Knowing I want a multihull" comes with knowing you will spend about twice in purchase price. Be sure to investigate all the factors to this choice.
Thanks for that advice. I appreciate it.

What price range should I be looking at for a good, used cat that would work for solo island hopper?
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What price range should I be looking at for a good, used cat that would work for solo island hopper?
The variety of answers for this is enormous, but the market is wide open for your perusal when you "surf the net". Simply start by "google" for Caribbean used sailboats.
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If you want a small cheap cat to keep 'down island' search for Iroquois and Catalac's... there's a few that side of the pond.. ignore the folk who think if its not 40+ foot its not a catamaran...
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