GTO, I think people here have been trying to be helpful - but your response to 44'cruisingcats initial post concerning complying with the laws of other countries was rather sarcastic and disingenuous, to say the least - ie, 'good enough to become a local attorney?'
Seems you are asking for either incredible detail - ie, what EXACTLY do I have to learn? Or, for approval to embark on a trip to the Bahamas
with minimal experience, skills and equipment
. I think that you have to read some books
on the subject of sailing, cruising and navigation
. I think you need to get out on the water
in varying conditions and put some of what you have read into practise. In time you will develop your own comfort level and will be able to decide if and when you know enough, and have enough equipment
to make the voyage you are planning on.
Ultimately, as has been pointed out, it is the captain's (your) responsibility with respect to navigation
, seamanship, etc., etc. There are no shortcuts.
Will YOU feel you need to have years of experience to make a good weather
crossing from Fla to the Bahamas
? Likely not. Will YOU feel you will need a drogue/sea anchor
if you have access to good weather
forecasts and make passages in only fair conditions? Again, likely not. Will YOU feel you need some experience in anchoring
on different bottoms and with varying winds/currents? I suspect so. Will YOU feel you need to learn the 'rules of the road'. Likely, unless you are reckless and prepared to be a hazard to other vessels.
The skill set which would be ideal for cruising knows no bounds. In a sense, being an international lawyer, a chef
, an electrical
and mechanical engineer
, a diesel mechanic
, a carpenter
, a rigger, having your Ham license
, your Master's ticket and an MD, a DDS and of course huge sailing experience would all be useful. What do you really NEED? Again, its ultimately up to you. Tanya Aebi started her circumnavigation
as a 16 year old with minimal experience/ knowledge of navigation, heavy weather sailing and anchoring
. She later said she didn't know enough to know better. But she went, learned and survived. Who knows, maybe God does look out for drunks and sailors, although I've always found a little knowledge to be way less dangerous than none at all.