Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 15-10-2009, 12:08   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: canaduh
Boat: o'day 302
Posts: 74
Hello from London, Ontario

Hello all! A friend who works in Fort Mcmurray Alberta whos from my area decided hes had enough of the cold and wanted to sail this winter in FL/Caribbean. So after losing my job this spring due to the economy(bummer) i decided to this would be the year to get into sailing. I took the summer and dedicated it to learning how to sail,joining a race team and sailing Lake Erie on the sandpiper we bought. My friend after months of researching just bought a O'day 302 this week. woohoo!. we have been scouring the forums for information and talking to anyone we can think of and are fairly confident that the florida/bahamas winter is doable. The boat has full nav, electronics,autohelm, is surveyed with a diesal, and a tank!. We are 26 and finally getting old enough to not do everything the hard way. I was hoping to meet somone in the london/toronto/windsor area with first hand knowledge of the trip were doing whos brain i could pick. If there is anyone who is interested in talking to me in person, or by email please send a message.

Also if any fellow canadians read this and can think of something thats vital that i should know, send me a message.


countrybimm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-10-2009, 12:21   #2
Registered User
Solitude's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: West Coast, BC , Canada
Boat: Cascade
Posts: 595

Is there two of you? Your enthusiasm is admirable. How long have you been sailing? Any offshore?

Go outside and PLAY!
Solitude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-10-2009, 12:52   #3
Moderator Emeritus
GordMay's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario - 48-29N x 89-20W
Boat: (Cruiser Living On Dirt)
Posts: 29,326
Images: 240
Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Neil.

PM me with a time, date, and phone number, and I’ll call you. My “southbound” sno-bird experience is quite dated, but I have lots of “opinions” (some dated, some timeless ) I’d be willing (happy) to share.
Gord May
"If you didn't have the time or money to do it right in the first place, when will you get the time/$ to fix it?"

GordMay is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 15-10-2009, 12:53   #4
Senior Cruiser
Vasco's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Toronto
Boat: CS36Merlin, "La Belle Aurore" Ben393 "Breathless"
Posts: 6,819
Welcome, used to fool around with boats in Pt. Stanley myself, but that was a long time ago. Where's your friend's O'day? If it's in Florida the Bahamas should not be a problem. Getting a bit cold now, time to head south.
Rick I
Toronto in summer, Bahamas in winter.
Vasco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-10-2009, 19:31   #5
Registered User

Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: canaduh
Boat: o'day 302
Posts: 74
I have been sailing three times a week since june or so. I took the whitesail 1 course and really didnt appreciate it. The best thing i did was start racing out of Port Dover with a "seasoned" captain who has more years of experience that i could imagine. The O'day is in Port Dover, soon to be put onto a trailer and moved to my parents farm. My friend wanted a fresh water boat and a trailer so that come summer he can put it in a slip in ontario. There will be two of us for the first month, with friends flying in for the free stay on the boat. So with luck they can organize and we will have a third crew member for the majority of it.Oh, and we have no ocean experience..yet!.
Thx everyone for the welcome.
countrybimm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-10-2009, 21:59   #6
Senior Cruiser
SkiprJohn's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2006
Location: Kea'au, Big Island, Hawaii
Boat: Cascade, Sloop, 42 - "Casual"
Posts: 14,169
Aloha and Welcome aboard!
I haven't done that trip so won't comment but think you'll get seasoned enough once underway on your journey.
Good luck to you and wish I could be young enough to do the trip myself.
SkiprJohn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-10-2009, 07:48   #7
Registered User
Ashoreschool's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: United States
Posts: 101
Welcome Neil,
Wasn't familiar with the 302, Very nice layout and many positive owners comments on the ODay Owners website.
There are lots of on-line guides to the Inter-Coastal Waterway. They'd be a great asset for your trip. South Florida, particularly the Gulf coast, would make a good place to add to your open water experience before you venture off to the Carribean.

Love to hear more about your experience as it develops.
Tom and Marilyn Free eLearning prep center for the new sailor. Plus links to over a half dozen FREE On-line Marine Magazines
Ashoreschool is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-10-2009, 12:10   #8
Senior Cruiser
Ocean Girl's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: In transit ( Texas to wherever the wind blows us)
Boat: Pacific Seacraft a Crealock 34
Posts: 4,115
Images: 2
Welcome to the forum
Are you guys going to trailer her down to Fla then head over to the Bahamas? My only advice about crossing the Gulf stream is not to do it with any N, NNE, NNW, ENE, WNW wind (ya get the drift?) the stream screams north at about five knots, so any northwind and the waves like to do a "jig" standing straight up, not fun.
Have fun on your adventure,

PS be sure to see Eluthera, my fav.
Ocean Girl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-10-2009, 15:27   #9
Registered User

Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: canaduh
Boat: o'day 302
Posts: 74
We will be trailering the boat down as he wants it back in ontario for the summer.Thanks for the advice about northern winds, definately want to make this as safe as possible.I will start looking into the Inter-coastal guides this week.Should i get nav charts here, or wait till I until i hit florida to purchase them?
countrybimm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-10-2009, 15:40   #10
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Lakeland, FL
Posts: 1,296
You want Explorer charts for the Bahamas. In November you will find plenty of fellow cruisers in Florida waiting for weather to cross the Gulf Stream.

"There's nothing . . . absolutely nothing . . . half so much worth doing as simply messing around in boats."

Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows (River Rat to Mole)
slomotion is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
hello from London sailorboyb Meets & Greets 6 10-09-2008 06:43
Greetings From London SailingPassage Meets & Greets 4 31-07-2008 11:32
Hello From London nicholasdwyer Meets & Greets 5 24-06-2007 20:57
London Show??? Chuteman Cruising News & Events 4 24-09-2006 08:29
Hello from London UK. Jigsaw Meets & Greets 4 06-09-2006 11:45

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:40.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.