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Cruising Florida & The Bahamas In A ...
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Posted: March 28, 2006
CRUISING FLORIDA AND THE BAHAMAS IN A SMALL BOAT -- ALSO COMMUNICATING
From Dan:
I am looking to buy a 25 foot or 28 foot Irwin sailboat, shallow draft 2 1/2 feet with centerboard. Do you think this boat will work in the Keys, Florida Gulf and maybe the Bahamas? Also, how do you communicate out there?
Hi Dan,
We're not personally familiar with smaller Irwin sailboats, but we have a number of friends who own larger Irwins and seem to be satisfied with them. We wouldn't let size be a deterrent one way or another. We know lots of people cruising on boats around 25 feet long, including a family...... Read More

Modern Day Pirates
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Posted: March 14, 2006
MODERN DAY PIRATES
From Fletcher:
A friend and myself were talking about going on an extended Caribbean cruise (just a dream for now) and he brought up the topic of modern day pirates. Have you guys experienced any problems with such criminals? What precautions do you make to defend yourselves in the event of an altercation?
Hi Fletcher,
Thanks for the note. In eleven years of full time cruising, the only pirates we've encountered have been behind the counters of boatyards and ship's chandleries.
Seriously, acts of piracy do occur in the Caribbean, but they are rare and focussed in just a ...... Read More

Rules & Requirements For Cruising
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Posted: February 28, 2006
RULES AND REQUIREMENTS FOR CRUISING
From Cory:
I was just curious about any rules there are when boating overseas from Canada? Can you please tell me what I would have to do to travel from Canada like you. I notice you have been gone since 1994. Wow, wish it was me. Here in Winnipeg it was -50 yesterday and I'm fed up with winter. I have never owned a boat but I want to buy one and travel to Hawaii or somewhere warm. Please e-mail me and let me know of some hope, please.
Hi Cory,
Yes, there's hope. Just about anyone can get a boat and sail away if they have the desire. What it takes is a bi...... Read More

Home Much Does It Cost?
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Posted: February 14, 2006
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
From Melanie:
Hey, congratulations on living the life that most people only dream of, including myself. So how much would you say it costs you yearly to live on your boat? Where is your favorite place you have been to?
Hi Melanie,
Thanks for the note. We're glad you enjoy reading about our travels. The single most expensive part of cruising is upkeep on the boat. Altogether, we spend about $25,000 a year living on our boat -- a good part of that is spent keeping the boat afloat and replacing broken gear. If you were to go cruising for only a year or so your costs woul...... Read More

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