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Progress toward my departure on May 30, things are getting expensive: new rigging, new nets, a clean bottom, an AIS system, boat cushions, and ten bikinis sure add up. The encouragement is nice, but the warnings weigh heavy on my mind. During last night's TGIF at Melbourne Yacht Club, one seasoned offshore sailor looked me dead in the eye as he asserted, "Your boat will be broken up in 25 foot waves as they cascade upon you enroute to Bermuda." Wow, I sucked in every word.  Then, I stayed awake most of the night wondering if my wood epoxy constant camber Marples 35 is up for the challenge. Now, I am adding to my list of todos in order to make the trip a safe one. God willing I will.

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Comment by Larry Wilson on March 19, 2012 at 11:41pm

Marlene, See the Youtube film on a Marples that crossed to Belize and Guatamala...If they made it across the Gulf Stream, you can.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-Wemfa9Q20

Comment by Pat S/V Ciao! on March 4, 2012 at 2:51pm

Go for it and be safe. A little fear is what keeps us safe and aware of changing conditions and what we should do.Godspeed,Pat

Comment by Veranda on March 4, 2012 at 12:55am

Send the "expert" a postcard from Bermuda.  It'll reach him easily, he'll be the one still standing on the dock.

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