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Bambamski
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PostPosted: Jun 15, 2016 1:57 pm    Post subject: sailboat Reply with quote

I've done a number of sailing trips over the past couple of years now and I'm pretty hooked on the sailing thing. I'm pretty land locked here in Alberta so I was wondering if any of the members here have some suggestions for me to do some research.

First I'd like to get to where I can charter my own sailboat. Does anyone have any experience with any sailing schools that I could contact? What kind of things I should be looking for and what kind of questions need to be asked? Some charters I've talked to need nothing, you can just take a boat without presenting any sort of paperwork proving your competence. That kind of freaks me out.

Second. This is probably a couple of years off at this point. I would like to purchase my own CAT. Of the CATS I've been on I've really been impressed with the lagoons, specifically the 45 foot. Seems almost perfect size wise. If anyone has any experience with Lagoons or any other brands that would be great.

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PostPosted: Jun 16, 2016 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I spent a week or two on a 45 Lagoon in the BVI's on a few occasions, the stability of the cat is what led us to buy our current [catamaran] sportfish. Chartering instead of buying makes sense, at least at first as it is a) cheaper and b) easier to go to different locales when you tire of the BVI's or Turks & Cacios, or Bahamas or Vancouver islands, etc... Lots of companies have new boats in their fleet that you can charter bareboat and hire a captain while you learn - at least that is how I would do it; learn on the water instead of at a school under the instruction of a captain. I think the boat we were on was 16,000 a week or so with a captain and chef, but you can get cheaper ones if you are bareboating (maybe 8k-12k week +200 day captain?). You didn't mention specifics about the sailing trips you had already been on so you may already know what I am telling you. I know a really awesome captain named Harvey in the BVI's but he moved up to a 25,000 per week boat so I probably won't be seeing him anytime soon unless you need someone to split the charter... Very Happy

http://www.sailingdirections.com/crewed-charter-yacht/ma-ha

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PostPosted: Jun 24, 2016 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most of the sailing trips I have been on have been through the Caribbean. St Lucia, The Grenadines, BVI, Grenada. We just got back from the Greek Islands, we stayed in Santorini for three days and sailed around for three days. I'd like to sail in Croatia as well. The Greek islands are way different islands than I've ever seen. We did a sailing trip through the San Blas islands in Panama in January, they were super awesome.

I would charter for the first while until I felt comfortable enough to sail my very own boat. Might as well practice on someone else's boat! I wouldn't be in the boat buying market for at least 5 years. My ultimate exit plan would be to live and sail on the boat for a few years after pulling the plug on the work thing.

You should look at chartering out of St Vincent. We found some boats in the 7500 to 5000 range that looked pretty decent for sure. I would still like to get some formal training though. Also take some courses on reading charts/maps, that kind of stuff. The practical training is key and I agree the more water time you get from watching someone sail the better you'll ultimately be.

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