Good time of day to everyone, hope your sailing is going well.
My friend and I are going to be graduating university next summer and we both really wanted to go on an adventure, in particular sail to the southern islands, in particular the islands around Cuba
and the Turks and Caicos
Islands area. I have some previous sailing experience, with lasers, FJs and a MacGregor
26. But no long-term sailing experience. I have also been reading the forums
here, and found a lot of the answers I was looking for (or perhaps Im just too much of a worrywart). In any case, we are considering two options, buying
a ready cruiser in the 29'-33' range, and just adding holding/water/fuel tank capacity + some equipment
if missing. Or getting a project
boat for a smaller price
and fixing it up over the year. The budget
we were looking at is around 15000 US. I have looked over some sailboat listing websites as well as craigslist, and found that there are some nice Catalinas or NewPorts that are withing our budget/size constraints. But I also read on these forums
that these boats are not ideal for an adventure like this.
So to formulate my question:
-What would you say is a better option to buy a ready boat and add some
simple features for a higher price
, or get a (possibly bigger) project
-According to some of the answers I read, preferred minimum size for such an adventure is 30'+; Would you say a 30' Catalina
would be a good way to go?
-Any advice, pointers or suggestions would be highly appreciated, including what literature should I be looking at to plan the route
? What would be a good place to look to brush up on all safety
I know there are a lot f questions, and some of them probably seem quite amateur but we are getting ready for our sail, and I want to make sure we encounter as few problems as possible. If you have any suggestions on boats/boat models they would also be highly appreciated
We are planning to sail during daytime only, and avoid nighttime travel as much as possible, does that make our trip a coastal sail?