Thursday, February 19, 2015
One of these days we hope to take a small boat to the Caribbean. The Bahamas are only a day's sail away from Florida. After that one can island hop from country to country. People do it all the time.
While it's technically possible to do it with our little Oday 19, we'd want to do it with a slightly bigger boat. The plan is to go to some remote areas. Having more room for provisions, water and fuel would make that a lot more practical -and safer.
We don't expect to do that trip next winter. Our current plan for next fall is to sail down the Intra Coastal Waterway from Virgina all the way down to Florida. In the spring we could sail back north. That way we'd spend a lot more time on the water and a lot less time driving. These days I feel safer on the water than on the road.
The ICW trip can be made with our Oday 19. A few small upgrades would make it more comfortable without spending a lot of money. Of course, it should a bigger boat come into our possession that would be fine too. Unlike a Caribbean trip, the ICW is mostly in areas where there are services available. A week's worth of supplies would be more than enough.
Of course, the best laid plans of mice and men . . .
Sometimes life intervenes and plans have to be canceled.
Then again, sometimes opportunity presents itself and we go off in a different direction.
Who knows, I might end up going to hang gliding school or something else equally off the wall.