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Posted By: waterbat

gulf of mexico crossing - 12/20/13 12:45 AM

ok who crosses the gulf to enjoy Belize?
i am purchasing a sailboat and am considering a sail to spend an extended time in my favorite place on earth!!
i would appreciate any advice or recommendations on information for a safe and legal trip

thanks in advance

i will be departing from tx/la coast and paddling as fast as i can. will 28 footer be adequate?
Posted By: champion

Re: gulf of mexico crossing - 12/20/13 12:53 AM

Beam
Posted By: waterbat

Re: gulf of mexico crossing - 12/20/13 12:57 AM

10 feetish
most probably a hunter 28.5 or possibly up to 34 footer if i win the lottery soon
Posted By: SimonB

Re: gulf of mexico crossing - 12/20/13 01:14 PM

The Atlantic has been crossed in smaller boats than that so I see no reason why not. It's more on your skills and less on the boat.
Posted By: ragman

Re: gulf of mexico crossing - 12/20/13 01:41 PM

waterbat, I sailed Newport to Bermuda 4 times on a 31' kit boat that I finished myself. Also I sailed in one leg of the Bermuda 1-2 race on a 30' racing boat. That one made me a little nervous mostly because it was so light, we were traveling at speeds that were on the verge of out or control and we where flying a spinnaker at sea or where until a mast head shackle broke on my watch one night.

It can be done fairly easy if you have the skill; equip the boat properly including safety gear; have a sea worthy vessel and some good luck. If this is an idea that was recently thought up and you do not have the experience or finances to do it properly.....well good luck....I hope to see you and trade some sea stories in San Pedro.

I met a guy in St. Thomas one time who sailed down the Amazon and up the Eastern Caribbean on what was not much more than a canoe with a mast. We let him sleep on my boat one night so he could get some reasonable rest. He woke up very early left me a thank you note and the last sighting of him by me was way in the distance on his way to Culebra, PR. I hope he completed his journey safely.

Funny, my daughter chartered a boat the other day for my wife and it as a Christmas surprise present. It had a captain and I wasn't aboard 10 minutes when the capt. told me it was his dream to sail over to Mexico and down the coast of Central America with his wife and 2 dogs. We had a good conversation for a few hours.
Posted By: Ernie B

Re: gulf of mexico crossing - 12/20/13 01:45 PM

Well, I wouldnt try it in anything smaller than a 737. I didnt get this old by being stooopid .
Posted By: ragman

Re: gulf of mexico crossing - 12/20/13 01:51 PM

Originally Posted by Ernie B
Well, I wouldnt try it in anything smaller than a 737. I didnt get this old by being stooopid .


This from a guy who use to charge into bullets? laugh
Posted By: champion

Re: gulf of mexico crossing - 12/20/13 01:56 PM

Originally Posted by ragman
Originally Posted by Ernie B
Well, I wouldnt try it in anything smaller than a 737. I didnt get this old by being stooopid .


This from a guy who use to charge into bullets? laugh


Thats when he was young, dumb and full of RUM!
Posted By: ragman

Re: gulf of mexico crossing - 12/20/13 02:01 PM

Originally Posted by champion
Originally Posted by ragman
Originally Posted by Ernie B
Well, I wouldnt try it in anything smaller than a 737. I didnt get this old by being stooopid .


This from a guy who use to charge into bullets? laugh


Thats when he was young, dumb and full of RUM!


grin Well I was also a little younger then. The first time I sailed to Bermuda was 1978 maybe 79. Before GPS and all of that. I used a compass; radio direction finder; plastic sextant; knot meter and depth sounder. VHF radio and a rented life raft, that was about it.

ps I learned about rum on Bermuda and found it an important tool to use since. Good old Black Seal Rum. smirk
Posted By: Ernie B

Re: gulf of mexico crossing - 12/20/13 02:06 PM

LOL ! And, very lucky wink
Posted By: ragman

Re: gulf of mexico crossing - 12/20/13 02:17 PM

Originally Posted by Ernie B
LOL ! And, very lucky wink
There is always a certain amount of luck involved in everything by everyone.

Many times I've been told how lucky I am and I usually come back with "The harder I work the luckier I get". smirk Especially if told that by a known layabout. wink
Posted By: CaptOneIron

Re: gulf of mexico crossing - 12/21/13 06:46 AM

Where do you get one of those 'debt sounders'?
Posted By: ragman

Re: gulf of mexico crossing - 12/21/13 10:33 AM

Originally Posted by CaptOneIron
Where do you get one of those 'debt sounders'?


smirk You can get one in the USA from anyone in the current Administration. The tide on the Red River has been rising for a while now. wink They say that if only a few would pull a little harder we we could make it out to the Bay but I don't know. It doesn't look likely to ebb for some time.
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