I had only been sailing three times in my entire life before I bought my BI40 in Rhode Island
, bought some books
on sailing, and then sailed her to Galveston, TX. I took 7 months getting here (Single-handed). Spent about 50% of the tie on the inside (Chesapeake Bay) and 50% on the outside (Atlantic) until I reached the Keys. Then on the outside (Gulf of Mexico) until I reached New Orleans
. Then back inside.
curve was steep but I found that if you prepare your boat and your mind right, it's an awesome experence you'll never forget and you'll learn much faster than you would sailing a 22 footer around a bay for 5 years.
When I left Rhode Island
headed for Long Island
I was going so slow that jelly-fish were passing me up. By the Time I reached Key Largo
, I was enjoying my races with the Dolphins
. I left Rhode Island on September 16 of last year. Screwed of in the keys and a few other choice spots for a while, spoke with sailors along the way, got tips, and good info, and eventually made it to Galveston, TX in May of this year.
I have now fitted the boat for a circumnavigation
and I'm leaving in 9 days (depending on weather).
It was a big challenge and had it's ups and downs but overall it wasn't near as bad as all of the "seasoned" sailors made it out to be.
A bit of advice:
The first time you dock
that thing you're going to feel like you're docking
an aircraft carrier. Make sure the wind
and currents are pretty calm the first few times you try it. Trust me on that one.
Make sure you have PLENTY of sea-room when you first start trying to get the hang of it.
Follow these three rules:
1. keep people inside the boat.
2. keep water
outside the boat.
3. Keep the boat off the land.
It may sound odd but I found it more cumfortable to be offshore
about 10 miles or more rather than in canals and bays. You have more time to figure things out before you have a chance to run into something you're not supposed to. It also gives you a chance to get used to your boat without constantly looking up and saying "oh-sh*t" every 5 minutes. Not much to hit out there in the deep blue compared to the ICW
Hope this helps.
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