I am thinking of sailing Shiva down to the Caribbean
for next winter, rather than put her in winter storage
in New York
which runs about $2,000 min. Of course sailing her there will cost money
... as well as flying back and forth and mooring
costs in the Caribbean
. I am looking for someone to check on the boat while I am away. I would than share the use of the boat with one or two friends... who know the boat and can go down for a few sails
during the winter as well as help me sail her south and back north for next summer.
I was thinking of keeping her anchored or tied off to the mangroves in behind the Nelson's Dockward... which seems secure. I am open to other suggestions. I would pay a reasonable fee to someone to make visits and check things out... bilge
.. batts and so forth.
I do not want to put her in charter
while I am not there. Boat is too complicated and will be full of personal stuff.
I have Boat Us insurance
likely will need to alter or change the policy.
My wife get one month's vacation
but can't take a whole month off at once. So we are thinking about 3 ten day trips... (3 weekends). As I work less (unfortunately) these days... and can even do some work aboard on a laptop
... I might spend more time... alone or with other friends while she slaves away in the cold NE. My buddy would use the boat during the other times... I could move the boat to different parts
of the Carib so wife could meet and see more islands ... she's more of a day sailor than a offshore passage
The 10' RIB
is an issue. Don't care to tow in the ocean and stowing on foredeck might not fit when inner forestay is set for storm canvas
. Should I leave it up here and but something down there... or take friends no RIB inflatable
That's the plan. I am calling for comments and suggestions and even for a few who might want to sail down from NY to Carib via Bermuda
next Fall. Shiva has made the passage
many times and will have a new life raft and a sat phone