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    Posted: 01 Jan 10 at 10:37pm

Hi - I am not a sailor - yet.  but i am very interested in taking a week-long boating vacation with my fiance.  I am not sure if i prefer to go on a sail boat or a motor boat.  But i do know i am looking for an interesting destination in the US.  As a beginner looking into this, I am looking for advice on several aspects:

a) where is the best place to boat in the US (or at least some interesting suggestions) - either motorboating or sailing.  I am flexible on the time of year that i go, so my destination choice will be based on the most interesting place i can find vs time of year. Also,

b) i am not sure i will be a boater forever (just depends on how much i love it) so wonder if i should just charter a boat with a captain or try and learn myself.  Sailing certainly seems like it would be much harder to learn than a motor boat.  Considering i only have a week, it seems like chartering with a captain is most logical - but maybe i'm not thinking of something.

c) are there any good companies that you know of to arrange a trip through?

Thanks for any advice you might have.  

nancy

 

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do you want to sail dinghys or keelboats?
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i think they want a yacht
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yes - we're looking for a yacht.  something comfortable for 2-5 people where we could spend several nights.

so my research so far has allowed me to at least bucket the options into
1-atlantic intracostal waterway
2-florida gulf intracoastal waterway
3-gulf intracoastal waterway
4-great lakes
5-pacific/northwest inside passage
6-inland river system (chicago to mobile)

but that's a lot to decide on. and even within those buckets, there is so much to choose from.

it'd be great to hear if any of you have had a particularly good experience in one of those areas (and where - like Norfolk to D.C.)

Thanks!
Nancy



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I doubt anyone on here will know much about the US. Try the Sailing Anarchy Forum as that is where the americans hang out.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote nshultz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jan 10 at 2:30am

Thanks for the advice - didn't realize this was more of a European forum.  I'll try the one you suggested.

have a good one!

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You just sent someone to SA without warning him? nshultz, if you're still reading this, if you post a thread like this on SA I can only see it going badly, unfortunately. Certainly if you post it as your first thread. It's a bit rough at times there, needlessly.
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Nancy

Your best bet is the BVI.

It's an ideal place for your first sailing (or motr boating) vacation. All he navigation is simple and by sight, there are no tides to worry about, and there are loads of lovely bays to visit with great bars and restaurants.

If you want to sail, I would recommend Horizon Yacht Charters, and if you want a motor boat, try Virgin Traders.

If you want some tuition or you want one of their guys to come with you for the first day to show you the ropes, the're happy to do that.

Hope that helps

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Post Options Post Options   Quote nshultz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Jan 10 at 8:49pm

Thanks Al - I did read quite a bit on their site and realized it was a group way too advanced for me :)  so i chose to stay quiet there.  appreciate the heads up.  Hope you're sailing somewhere great soon!

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Hey 

I would really reccomend Nautilus Yachting- they offer a captain and also learn to sail courses on yachts in Greece, Med, Caribbean etc

There is also the option of joining in with a group of others in a flotilla with your own captain to get great support and a lead boat to do things like navigation for you. 

You'll easily be able to find a yacht to suit as they have a pretty decent range to choose from. 


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