Re: [beachcats] Hobie 17
If you would like more info on H17's then there is a Yahoo Group called
Hobie_17 here is the link
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H17, Sea Duck3 #6424
O'Day Daysailor 16
Date: Thursday, 1 May 2003 10:24:18 AM
Subject: [beachcats] Hobie 17
Hi! I am thinking about about a Hobie 17. I understand that this
is a great boat to single hand. Anyone out there a 17 sailor, and
what are the goods, bads and uglies with this boat?
There currently are no 17's in our fleet, but a few of us are tired
of trying to line up crew and feel this would be a good way to get
past the crew issue.
Any and all thoughts please
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- Oh yeah, the island Matt mentioned is Anegada. It is a non-volcanic island, so it sits low on the horizon. I've never been there, but if you have a captain, the charter companies are sure to let you go. The diving sites there are supposed to be phenomenal.
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Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 9:35 PM
Subject: Re: [beachcats] virgin islands
Did it. Would (and may) do it again, but you should know what you are
The BVI's have great and easy sailing -- good / great winds, deep water
where you want it, beautiful scenery and secure anchorages with plenty of
moorings (which allieviate alot of the anxiety of anchoring). That said,
the geography and a shortage of morrings means many charterers sail just
half a day before heading in to grab a mooring. The 7 (?) islands of the
BVI's are all close enough that a half day sail is convenient -- and more
than that actually takes some effort since to hit all the "stops" along the
way, you have to do that average half day sail (more and you wind up
doubling up or missing spots). Big mono-hulls ain't fast -- even in 20+
Another issue is non-sailing costs. There seems to be a subtle conspiracy
;) to send all of the cruisers on a counter clockwise trip around the
islands -- landing you at each sucessive stop in time for the pre-planned
"event". Restaraunts are expensive and with the exception of one neat
"cruisers anchorage", the food is pricey and the atmosphere more "resort"
and "tourist hip" than genuine. Jamaica it ain't. The BVI's are pretty
well healed islands and the boat culture is kept separate from the inland
culture -- if you are looking for the carribean experience. Its probably
best to look elsewhere. The sailing is awesome though and the snorkeling
(my first time was in the BVI's) was unbeleivable.
That's my, slightly cynical, take on the BVis. Like I said though, I'd do
it again. If so, I'd chose crew carefully to ensure that I didn't have to
buy a good time or to stumble upon interesting conversation. I'd also make
sure that the charter company would let me sail to the furthest island
(name?) (about 17 mi away -- generaly done as an overnight trip) without
posting the absurd bond which some companies request.
As for charter co's, there are a ton. Footloose is owned by one of the
major co's (either morrings or sunsail) but charters slightly older boats
for a bit less $$$. Might check them out.
And most important -- be careful getting into your dingie at 4am . . . !!!
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From: "Dave Atwater" <dcatwater@...>
Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 8:55 PM
Subject: [beachcats] virgin islands
> With all this talk about the BVI's and such - has anyone charted one of
the many mono hulls available with a small crew down there? I have been
looking into this for a trip with the wife and would be interested in
someone else's experience....
> Dave Atwater
> H18M, Wave
> Newsletter editor, Hobie Fleet 2
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