All the info supplied is good.....
I'm about to end my latest 2+ month Cruise
of the Virgin Islands
. I now spend between 4 and 5 months in the Carib each year. I often single
hand but also have friends down for a week or so as visiting crew. I have one "special" crew-mate who tries to make a couple of trips down to sail with me for 3 to 6 weeks but hopefully soon more on a fuller time basis.... as we head
down the chain over the next couple of years.
Good boats for this type sailing can be had well under the $150 base price
but you will often want to add "stuff"... good stuff would be Solar
Generators, shade cover extensions from your Bimini
tankage and a good refrigeration
system and all LED lighting
with a good power management system like an MMP for the solar/ batteries
As indicated above, when crusing... you do not typically want to spend much time in marinas
.... too expensive and too busy and noisy... anchor out for free and you will find you will locate nice places and spend a several days/ week or more. I've have some very prime BVI anchorages
basically to my self this time of the year which is the wind
down heading into the storm season where you will probably have to put your boat on the hard
reasons... and many places just simply close for a month or so in September and October.
Cruising is NOT like chartering.... chartering is more hectic and you typically have x number of places to see in Y time... OK for a vacation
but not what cruising is about.
In Cruising the Carib... you have less "time" constraints and generally little of the "must see" mode of doing things... you go with the flow and enjoy the boating/ sailing experience with out the time constraints and you search out the less traveled areas, avoiding the clusters of Charter
Boats and all square boats. You may find, like I have, locating a small anchorage with only a boat or two... is far better... better yet if they have Dutch, French or Scandinavian flags
... those are interesting sailing people... too many flying US just have a hard time getting their mind out of the US and into the actual area they are sailing... what a loss for them. Getting to meet and know locals, eating in the non-tourist places is far more enjoyable and less expensive by far.
Can your dream occur... I don't know about you.... but that is exactly what I'm doing this very minute.... and well under $150k
Good luck and fair winds
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