I have been invited to captain
a 2001 Lagoon
38 from St. Martin to Baltimore
at the end of March, 2013. A friend of mine recently purchased the boat from a live aboard couple in St. Martin. This is an owner's version and reportedly has not been in charter
. He has a recent survey
and the boat is equipped with radar
and other basic navigation equipment
. He is a novice
sailor and has invited 2 other men
to accompany him, only one of which has any sailing experience.
My experience has been 25 years on Chesapeake Bay
and 7 bareboat
charters in BVI on catamarans ranging from Lagoon
38 to Robertson Cain 4600. I understand that this does not constitute real off shore experience. How difficult a trip would this be for someone with my experience? It seems like a good time of year to make a trip like this. What are the biggest hurdles we would need to overcome? How long should it take(I am thinking 3-4 weeks). It this an overwhelming challenge for someone with my experience? I have advised my friend that he should seek the assistance of a professional captain
for this trip but his funds are limited.
I know there are many very experienced off shore sailors on this site. What are the hazards and obstacles I need to consider. Any input will be much appreciated.