Originally Posted by bailout00
Very limited, as in, not been on a sailboat lol. Plan is to leave next year, sailing lessons
an hopefully some practice between now and then. It sounds doable, just want to know how crazy it is. With any luck my brother will be coming with me which would simplify things a bit. I really talking more from a practicality standpoint. How bug should the boat be for two of us and a dog, heading to the caribbean?
Well first of all, with a boat as it is in certain other things, it's not the size of the boat that matters. As long as the boat is not falling apart the most critical part of the trip is the captain
and crew. Handled properly and with a slight eye for weather
(like don't go out in the middle of a hurricane
or a Nor'easter) most sailboats would be up to the task of sailing down the coast and to the Caribbean. So the size would depend on how much room you need to feel comfortable and your budget
. For two guys and I dog I would personally want min 30' and preferably 35-40'.
The trip from NY south is done every year by thousands of boats. Go read up on the ICW
to learn more. Basically the ICW is a series of rivers, bays, etc linked together by a number of canals that makes a protected waterway from Norfolk VA all the way to FL and around to the Gulf of Mexico
. Pretty safe but you need to be reasonably sharp in your navigation
skills as the channel sometimes twists and turns, some spots can be very shallow, etc.
Then where do you want to go in the Caribbean? If all the way south to Grenada
then that is a lot more ambitious that a trip to the Bahamas
(which are technically not in the Caribbean).
First step you should research
previous discussion threads on this forum. What boat, how big, how much does it cost, trip south, ICW, crossing FL to the Bahamas
, to the Caribbean (look up the Thorny Path) have all been discussed at great length many, many times. You could spend days reading over all the information. Good place to start learning
and it's free.