Pierre and Family on a 1975 30ft sloop to Peru from Los Angeles

Would like to know what you think about it?
Pierre and his family (children from 1 to 6 years old are getting ready to sail to Peru from Los Angeles.
For some it is crazy considering he has little experience for other it is bold and courageous but not scarry.
I am one of them.
Is it a better time to leave? I don't think so considering the insanity we are living on. And if they wait to get more money what will happen of their dream?
So they got the boat from us and we' re helping them to get ready. You are welcome to participate. How? Info's. Feed back. Sharing your experience.

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Comment by jean-marie cabri on March 5, 2009 at 12:54pm
Hi Mike,

Thank u for your feed back. I will translate and forward to Pierre. Where are coming from Sailing the World is very popular. There is a website (only in French) dedicate to only that. They get more than 100,000 hit/day. Amazing for a country 5 time smaller than the US. So he came from France to get a cheaper boat and got it. He doesn' t have a lot of experience but I was mesmerized how fearless he is. And between you and me we were the same years ago. I am confident that he will listen to all of us. This trip will allow him to stop very often. No long passage.
Comment by Captain Mike Baker on March 5, 2009 at 9:41am
Like Lola, I see a lot of un answered questions.
Number one being experience.
Are the kids comfortable at sea? Possibly do some weekend/overnight cruises in the bay or offshore just get get everyone familiar and see how well everyone adapts.
Seamanship and navigation skills? Been practicing your chartwork and with your sextant?
Rough weather sailing?
Vessel familiarization and condition? Rigging, sails, aux. eng., hull condition, steering, electronics/nav equipment and power supply/generation, refrigeration, DO NOT FORGET SURVIVAL EQUIP.!!!!!!!!!!!!
Take a handheld GPS and VHF radio with good batteries to augment vessel equipment.
No Sea Tow down south.
Emergency preparedness? Have a plan and train before departure, be surprised at how many folks can not get around their vessel blindfolded and dissoriented.
Check into other people or groups that will be heading south, safety in numbers as well as the odds of more and varied experience available.
Weather routing!!!!!!!! Constant updated Met reports! XM weather on a PC is great for a small sailing vessel.
Proper outfitting and supply.
Ask other cruisers that have been that route for local info, anchorages, provisions, dangerous spots etc.
Last thing, depending on financial considerations, plan the trip in short legs with interesting stops. Traveling with small children will be a challenge!
Comment by LOLA on March 1, 2009 at 6:36am
How much sailing has the father done? I am just learning and I say...I would be against this.

Does he have engine repair experience? Can he read charts? Do they have a water maker? Life raft? First aid and meds?

Comment by Suky on March 1, 2009 at 2:24am
How about posting some Peruvian music from Playlist here... ~ !
Comment by Suky on February 27, 2009 at 10:08am
Make sure they are all wearing lifejackets from slip to slip or anchor to anchor.

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