Originally Posted by sailing365
I want to buy a sail boat. I want to travel to the Dominican Republic. I have been told that it takes around 7 days to get there. im looking for a month vacation
. spending 14 days traveling, round trip and the other 15,16 days enjoying the island. I will be traveling alone or with another person max. I want to take some sailing classes
before I head
out. I need help with information on the sail boat. can anyone please tell me if I can make it comfortable to the Dominican Republic with a 30ft? I was reading an article and the person said that he experienced 40ft high waves going to the Caribbeans. is this legit? I got a little worried after reading that I may experience waves bigger then the sail boat i'm trying to buy. I'm not trying to spend more than 40k on the sail boat. background: i'm a newbie, I have never sailed before, this will be my first adventure in the ocean.
thank you for your help.
I can tell you my experience sailing from NJ to the BVI
on a 28 foot boat (a Saber 28), back in 2006-2007. I had the boat for many years prior, sailed her as far north as Maine
, south to North Carolina
(around Cape Hatteras), and many points in between, as well as a prior trip to Bermuda
. The boat was surveyed for offshore
and had a thorough rigging inspection
by a professional as well as new rigging
. I had one old sailing buddy along as crew. We studied the weather
and chose a time when all looked clear.
We went first to Bermuda
, and that leg took 10 days. It should have taken 7 days but we ran into a helluva storm that beat us up for a few days while we were in the Gulf Stream
hundreds of miles offshore
. Winds 40-45 knots with periods of 50 knots sustained. This was not forecasted, but forecasts are not accurate a week out. Winds were out of the SE so we could make no headway SE toward Bermuda. Under 3rd reef and a scrap of jib
I pointed the boat S into the Gulf Stream
and though it looked like sailing the GPS
showed we were staying in one place - being in the Stream was like being on a treadmill moving but not getting anywhere. Finally the wind
slackened and veered SW and we were on our way. In Bermuda we learned that many boats had been rescued so we were thankful to have made it in by ourselves.
After a week or so partying in Bermuda we set off for Jost Van Dyke. One day out there was a loud bang like a pistol shot as one old bolt on the mast
parted. Unfortunately that one bolt held two tangs to which all 4 lower shrouds were attached. It was 30 year old bolt that had been overlooked in all the inspections. I thoroughly believe that if you have a flaw, no matter how small, the sea will find it. I saved that bolt, what was left of it, as a reminder of this principle.
Without the lower shrouds the mast
would bend frighteningly so we took down all sail and motored back toward Bermuda. We had an Atomic 4 gas engine
with 20 gallons of gas and 5 more in a jerry jug, just enough gas to get us back. If the bolt had parted one day later I would not be writing this now. I wrapped a halyard
around the mast at mid height and snugged it down on deck
to keep the mast from bending in the middle. When that halyard
snapped I used another one. Finally we ran out of halyards and the mast snapped in half as we bounced on a wave. I ran forward with wire cutters to cut the rigging away before the mast could hole the boat.
We ran out of gas just as we passed the sea buoy for St. Georges and had to call for a tow into the inlet.
Having a new mast fabricated in Florida
and shipped to Bermuda took many months. I renewed my visa so many times that I ran out of renewals and had to leave Bermuda by plane and come back to start the process over again.
Of course by the time I was re-rigged my sailing buddy had run out of vacation time, so my second attempt to sail to Jost Van Dyke was with a Bermudian I met in a bar. We did the trip in a pleasant 8 days without incident.
This was the prelude to a decade of winters I spent sailing all over the Caribbean
in that amazihg Saber 28.
I don't think 7 days is realistic but with better luck your trip could be a lot faster than mine. What route
are you planning on?