Been lurking here for quite some time, not so sure I knew enough to ask an intelligent question. I'm relatively new to sailing, been sailing a 17' Oday on inland lakes about 4 yrs now and I spent the last 3 years restoring a CRI E20. Well the E20 is finally ready to splash, actually we splash her last Aug for a quick shake down, and to identify any problem areas I may have overlooked. Got her back in the shop and up on stands to redo the bottom, and discovered a whole set of new nightmares. But now she's all good and ready to splash again.
So now the plan is, or should I say the DREAM is to spend the summer sailing and gunkholing the Maine
coast. I really have NO experience in coastal cruising or even operating VHF radio
. A 20' is probably just enough to get my feet wet in coastal cruising, so as I'm gaining some experience in coastal cruising I'm thinking of picking up something in the 27' - 30' range. When that happens the plan is to sail south in the fall. Do the ICW
, around the Keys, up to Pensacola
and back again. In my lurking around here it looks like this is just place that can help me do that.