Originally Posted by tortuga22
im still looking for a boat - but we'll get to that later. i have a few questions. first, is there anyone out there living on a 22 foot boat and completely content with it? and how is life? im a backpacker kinda guy and really all i need is a place to sleep, a boat that i can beach and a surfboard
international travel, what all do i need to leave the port of savannah georgia
and go to mexico
, has anyone ever went through the panama canal
do i need a radio
what are requirements for international travel, what would go faster, a 22ft catamaran
, or a 22 foot monohull
sorry for all the questions. i just need to know
This is somewhat of a trick question. The first is "Can it be done?". The answer to that is a resounding hell yes! I lived on an 18 foot sailing decked canoe for a month while circumnavigating the state of Florida
. It is possible to live aboard a small boat and sleep ever 2-3 nights on shore. The reason I am in this forum is that at 56, I want to start sailing a boat with nicer "accommodations." Please note that traveling the way I did is not exactly according to Hoyle, but it can be done. One could leave Savannah and make Mexico
, but I would not do the Fla-Mexico in one hop.
The second question is "Do you have the skill set to pull it off?". That is something only you could answer. Based on your post, it is a tad doubtful. Sailing along the coast in the Gulf of Mexico
is relatively easy, the gulf does not show her ugly side too often. Sailing south from Ga to Key Largo
in the Atlantic is against the Gulf Stream
, so you would probably be better served staying in the ICM.
The other factor is that you will be in a 22 foot boat! As someone who is somewhat of an engineer
, do the physics. A 30 footer in six foot seas will not be as drastically impacted as a 22 footer.
My suggestion is to either buy a decent car and drive, or hop a flight to the waves in Mexico. If you really have the sailing thing, spend a lot of time learning
the sport and developing the skills to sail in nice weather
, then move up to sailing in slop.
If there are doubts about my background in this, PM me and I will gladly share them.