It is doable. The firs thing I would do is buy Beth Leonards "The Voyagers Handbook". Then I'd read it. Then I'd check out her website
Beth and Evans Home Page
If she doesn't discuss it - it really isn't necessary to know.
AFter doing that you'll have a reasonable idea of what is truly involved.
I agree with a the advice given above. Buy a mono (more boat for your buck) based on cruising in the carribean - so 35-40 footer.
Take sailing lessons
. Take sailing lessons
(I repeated it on purpose) Take sailing lessons (I said it again). You will need to learn the basics of navigation
, amongst other things. Perhaps not using a sextant
, but you will need to know what it means to navigate.
You'll want to stay out of the carribean during hurricaine season, september to end november. But you can get a lot of practice sailing up the coast of the US during following the summer and then turning around and coming back down the ICW, exiting somewhere in florida
in end November, ready to start the carribean season.
ONce you've done that, if you still want to go RTW - you'll know what kind and size of boat you want/need and you'll be able to sail.
I don't know about the states, but here in europe
you can frequently find a "used" circumnavigator boat, meaning one that has been around, and the owners are now selling. These tend have all the equipment
needed (surveyor check) and can be surprisingly cheap
? Because they are no longer shiny toys. They'll have targa bars rigged, a couple of solar panels
, steps on the mast
and generally look a little trashed. Do not be put off. You boat will look just like that once it has RTW'ed.
Good luck on your adventure, and I hope to see you out there.