I'm new here.... great place!
Here' my question....
my fiance and I are new to this. We wanted to save up for a cruiser, take sailing classes
, and go on a trip this summer.
I'm not new to the water
(grew up in Miami) and spend most of my time on the boat
(21.8" Openfisherman 225hp).... love to fish
, dive, camp out on the boat
... etc.... but my experiance is limited to Miami
, the keys, and Ft. Lauderdale
We wanted to set up one of two trips..... either down the keys, crossing to Cuba
(never been, and shes from Belgium... so she really wants to go even though im against it), around to Jamaica
, follow Cuba
to Turks and Caicos
, and then island hop over to bimini
and back to Miami
Cross from Miami to Bimini
, then island hop down to turks and Caicos
.... and then back up....
We have 4 weeks to make this trip. (we're both taking 4 weeks off this summer)
Just to know.... i've been looking at different sailboats and prices. I'm VERY handy with fiberglass
and wood work
, and have come to the realization that I can pretty much rebuild
a cruiser to look almost new (be ready for our trip) myself.... so my budget
is tight, but still doable.
1) Are these trips doable? How safe are the ports
? What are we looking at in port/dock fee's?
2) What size cruiser should we get? (I like the 27-33' Catalina/Hunters) especially since they fit in the price
is less then $10k as I hope to sell her after the summer and only have to pay a few months on the loan...
Is this doable?
Jorge and Karolien