I've been lurking here for quite some time and do post occasionally. Since I retired this past Monday I now have time to fulfill my lifelong ambition to set sail and enjoy the cruiser's lifestyle. As soon as I get some affairs in order I'll take off for the Carolina's, Florida
or the Gulf coast
to find my wind
blown wonder. My sailing experience is limited to about 40 years of beach cat sailing and about twenty trips of a weeks duration on my cousin's 26 footer. I don't remember the make of the boat but it is some sleek little Italian sloop
with a six foot draft
I've crossed the Gulf Stream
on a 20'catamaran, been caught in some pretty foul weather
and have even run the little Italian monohull
aground. Since this site appears to have some really, really old salts I thought I'd ask and see what problems have beleaguered you over the years.
I know it's always more exciting to talk about the one that got away, the time you were caught in a storm with 20 foot seas, the blond that actually said "no" or the whale that jumped out of the water
and just missed your boat by the length of it's blowhole. How often do these harrowing situations actually arise. If you chose a proper weather
window and were going to be at sea for two weeks would you anticipate any circumstances that would have you concerned.
If a boat is properly maintained are they pretty much free from catastrophic equipment
failures? How often have you broke something important? What are some of the worst tales you can relate and how many times a year do you really just barely survive. Are thunderstorms and lightning
really the threat that some seem to make of them or is it about the same odds as getting hit on land? I'm referring to the escapades of real sailors and don't consider the ice machine being out of ice at the marina and your warm beer
If you were going to Panama
would you hug the coast or maintain an offing that would allow some alternate decisions were you to get caught in a storm? Just relate some stories if you've ever had an awkward situation arise.