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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Caribbean dreams



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.

-Sixbears



8 comments:

  1. Now we're not going to have another debate about a bigger boat are we? You know very well that the Oday 19 will do the job more than adequately.
    Just a bit of creative thinking Mr and Mrs Sixbears...

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    1. You are right there Mr. Flying Tortoise. We do know the boat very very well.

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  2. A small airport by us runs a skydiving service. Do you know I can hear them scream on the way down after they jump out? Hang gliding would be about the same. Stick to the boat!

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    1. Wow! I can picture it. I knew some hang gliders, one got a sever head injury and the other died. Maybe my next foolish move won't be quite that foolish.

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  3. Now you know bigger is better, right? Aren't you bigger (grin) and thus better. Maybe you could get a two masted schooner.

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    1. I already refused a free two masted 42 foot schooner. It had a wooden hull and I suspected it would have become a nightmare to keep in repair. Small can be beautiful.

      . . and yeah, I am bigger . . . and I'm pretty good, so there's that. :)

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  4. At one time, I would have tried hang-gliding, but that was many years and many, many pounds ago.

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    1. I can't do anything about my age, but I could lose some pounds.

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