I need some of your experience/expertise....
I'm working in Haiti
and have been since the earthquake.
When I leave Haiti
, I'm thinking about some over sea adventure...
I want to get some idea from seaman such as yourselves as to whether my idea is plausible or just plain idiotic.
firstly I have had a little experience. I was aboard a 17m cutter/ketch that sailed form Fiji-Vanuatu-New Caledonia-Brisbane a few years ago, with 2 others on board. One was the owner skipper
, me and the other crew member
first time sailors. I wasn't much responsible for sailing/navigating, just doing what I was told. I do have a small motor boat license
the basic plan is to go over sea to Cuba
from Haiti (about 40 or so km i think, at the closest point) then from Cuba
all the while hugging the coast (about 60 or so km i think), they're little gaps in the islands basically but i guess that may suggest rougher colliding seas? is that right? Mind you I'm gonna do this outside of the hurricane
period, say March time.
the options for passage
are (here's where you tell me I'm an idiot):
I have a 10 foot aluminium dingy with a 15Hp engine
I can probably swap this for a 13 foot, open hull
sail, heavy, wooden mono-hull made here in good old Haiti, which they say, can make Cuba easily (but probably slowly). The boat builder
will teach me exactly how to maneuver this craft.
I'm thinking 60km with a 15hp engine
would be pretty quick no? on a clear day? but maybe not be so sturdy if the swell picked up at all.
The sail boat...slow, dependent on wind
and therefore swell? (maybe more dangerous for a novice
the other thing is...i'm thinking about doing it alone... well... me and my dog.....It's part of a greater overland plan that brings me to Bolivia.
I have a GPS
and life jackets.
What do you think?
Is this an ill conceived plot that could lead to my early demise...or an adventurous mission that's quite possible?
all thoughts very much appreciated.