I am joining you today because I have finally decided to dive into the world of bluewater
cruising, and thus I will be looking for your combined knowledge and experience to better prepare my future journey.
A little about myself:
I was born in France
, grew up in Central America
, and currently live in Canada
(unfortunately, far from the sea). I've always loved the sea and am an avid snorkeler and spearfisher.
During my teenage years, I took several dozen (about 100) hours of sailing classes
, in any weather
condition, making my way from the tiniest sailing dinghy
, then laser, and finally my favorite, the catamaran
(hobie cat 14, 16 and 17). I practiced with various sails
, spinnaker) and even did trapeze sailing. Eventually, I got my french coastal motorboating permit
A few years back, I rented a hobiecat17 and sailed one of my childhood friends around. Like me, he is someone that enjoys the thrill of adventure (he descended the full Danube river on a kayak). He immediately loved sailing, and told me that he's always dreamed of crossing an ocean and that we should do it together. "You're out of your mind!" I exclaimed, and we left it at that. I finished my university degree, started working, and never gave it another thought...until just recently.
My friend came to visit, and this time, I brought up the subject, and our plan hatched. We are going to sail across an ocean, but first we need some more hands-on experience - and more importantly, a capable boat
The plan is to purchase
a used 40' sailboat in Florida
(or south USA), make sure it is safe and sea-ready. After hurricane
season, we would sail it across the Caribbean
all the way to Dominican Republic
, where some of my family
live. Then we would continue down south towards Panama
, cross the canal
, and continue sailing south towards Ecuador
, where some of his family
lives. At this point, we expect to have enough experience to cross the Pacific Ocean
towards French Polynesia
In the meantime, I will continue gathering up information, and look for trainings/certifications to have better/safer sailing and maintenance
skills (especially for mechanical and electrical
Thank you for reading, and I am looking forward to learning
a lot from your combined wealth of knowledge!