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Old 29-01-2015, 10:33   #1
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Preparing to Cruise the Caribbean and Bahamas Webinar

My hubby and I quit our jobs a couple of years ago and cruised the Caribbean and Bahamas for a year on our 393 Beneteau. We are going to be doing a series of webinars on cruising the Caribbean and Bahamas.
What questions would you all want answered?

Thanks for your input!
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Old 29-01-2015, 10:41   #2
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If you did the "Thornless Path", how thornless was it? Where did you go, and how did you get there.

*What, if any, cruising guides did you use for planning?

*Anchorages you enjoyed most?

*Any "difficult" (unfriendly officials) check ins, and where?

*Where did you go for hurricane season? Grenada, Trinidad, or....?

I'm sure I can think of a few more later.

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Re: Preparing to Cruise the Caribbean and Bahamas Webinar

One year in my opinion does not qualify you to put on webinars.


Sent from an undisclosed location on the high seas or from the lounge chair by the pool, you decide.
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One year in my opinion does not qualify you to put on webinars.


Sent from an undisclosed location on the high seas or from the lounge chair by the pool, you decide.
Jeez, then don't watch it.



To the OP, how about:


- what sort of repairs did you have to make in your cruise


- how did your expenses compare to what you budgeted or expected
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Old 07-02-2015, 22:40   #5
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For us

Itinerary
anchorage or marina
Security
Costs
Provisioning (best places)
Inventory of sailboat (how was it setup)
ease of passage or difficulty
Showers !! Water maker ?

How did you adapt to living aboard for 1 year
What would do differently

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One year in my opinion does not qualify you to put on webinars.


Sent from an undisclosed location on the high seas or from the lounge chair by the pool, you decide.

yep - our 1st year or 2 out we knew everything -- knowledge level went downhill after that -- now by year 8 we are so ignorant and wonder how we got this far
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yep - our 1st year or 2 out we knew everything -- knowledge level went downhill after that -- now by year 8 we are so ignorant and wonder how we got this far
LOL! This is humorous, but a lot of truth to it also. We've been out so long we know we are total idiots!
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yep - our 1st year or 2 out we knew everything -- knowledge level went downhill after that -- now by year 8 we are so ignorant and wonder how we got this far


If I could only remember now half of what I "knew" our first year...

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One year in my opinion does not qualify you to put on webinars.


Sent from an undisclosed location on the high seas or from the lounge chair by the pool, you decide.

Then perhaps you'd like to call in and give your "professional" opinion as well. This is just to share my experience. You can take it or leave it.

I'm thinking I may talk about how to be happy no matter where you are or what you're doing...
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If I could only remember now half of what I "knew" our first year...

Mark

That's great that you've been out so long. HOw wonderful! I'd love it if you could call in and share your expertise!
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LOL! This is humorous, but a lot of truth to it also. We've been out so long we know we are total idiots!
Same to you, it's great that you've been out so long. All of you out here on CruisersForum that have been out that long have a wealth of knowledge that would be sooo helpful to those of us that have much more limited experience. If you could call in to share your expertise also, that would be awesome!
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Same to you, it's great that you've been out so long. All of you out here on CruisersForum that have been out that long have a wealth of knowledge that would be sooo helpful to those of us that have much more limited experience. If you could call in to share your expertise also, that would be awesome!
HogHunter, I enjoyed responding to the humor regarding the realization of less confidence in total knowledge that seems to come with experience, but I don't accept that those with less experience would not excel in hosting any discussion of cruising challenges.

Only those who are not so far from beginning their cruising lives have the keen observance of all that might be issues for those taking on a new life aboard.

If I were to take on something completely new, like rockclimbing as an example, I'd respect the old codger who has all the standard rules and procedures, but I'd want the newer climber too, who has my insecurities and my own "stupid" questions fresh in his memory!
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Hoghunter, when are your webinars? I am new to the forum as I just recently decided to start planning my liveaboard future. The more info and knowledge the better. Thanks.
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Hi HogHunter,

I would be interested in hearing your experience. Many times I see long experienced sailors overlook the details that are second nature to them yet new to me.

We have a basic equipped 2003 B393 with Westerbeke 44A, factory AC, roller furling main and are trying to decide what we need to add before we go cruising. I would be interested in your thoughts of a list we are considering:

High priority:
Auto pilot - nice to have or absolute requirement
Chart-plotter - size?
100-120 amp alternator upgrade
400 AH house batteries - AGM vs. 6V golf cart
500 watt solar panels
Arch/Davit
9' Dingy with 8-10 hp 4 stroke

Mid-priority
SSB radio - is it a priority and worth the expense?
200 ft. chain with 44 lb. Rocna
(current 35 lb. CQR primary on windlass with 50 ft. 3/8" BBB chain and 200 ft. 5/8" rode and secondary Fortress FX-23 20 ft. 5/16 HT chain and 200 ft. 5/8" rode)

I would be interested on your experience with:

Adding genset vs. Honda 2000 vs. more solar/wind
Watermaker vs. purchasing water
Quality of diesel fuel and how much additional did you carry in jugs?
Hurricane hole
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My hubby and I quit our jobs a couple of years ago and cruised the Caribbean and Bahamas for a year on our 393 Beneteau. We are going to be doing a series of webinars on cruising the Caribbean and Bahamas.
What questions would you all want answered?

Thanks for your input!
1. How does one convince the wife to cruise with him?
2. or forget her and find another woman!
3. or just go cruising yourself, hope there will be home to come home to
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