A friend of mine asked if I would help him sail his boat from New York down to the Caribbean. I jumped at the chance, particularly when he said he was going to pay for my airfare! I probably would have been happy to pay for it myself, but my mate (Jay), he has a few extra dollars in the bank, so I happily obliged. The week long trip was a good chance to catch up with a mate I hadn’t seen in years.
One of the main reasons I wanted to do it is because he has an incredible boat. Like I mentioned before he has plenty of money to afford pure luxury. He currently owns a Beneteau Sense 50. Not only is it a beautiful cruiser, he’s outfitted it with all the mod cons you could want. When you go down stairs you feel like you have stepped into some New York penthouse, not some floating cabin.
Unfortunately I don’t have any photos of his actual boat, but here’s the stock photo from the Beneteau website itself.
The cruise started pretty easy. It was Jay, Jim and myself. A bit of a extended men’s weekend. Except there was no strippers! We had no dramas the first few day. The boat behaved well and there was a nice steady breeze to ensure we were making good time. We even caught ourselves a couple of fish in the evening. There is nothing better than fresh fish. We even kept ourselves busy with some of my suggested boat activities!
Day 3 and 4 were a bit more interesting. We had an issue with a tear on the main sail on Day 3. Nothing a bit of sewing couldn’t sort out. On Day 4 we had an issue with the boat sump pump. It took several hours to sort out, but with the boat being in such top notch condition in those seven hours it didn’t take on too much water.
When you are on a boat you expect problems. That’s the way the boats are. You need to be constantly fixing things. You need to be really handy with the tools as you are out there all by yourself. If you don’t know what you are doing, things can get really bad.
The rest of the cruise was nice and easy. It was a little bit rough as we were getting close to the Caribbean, but nothing we couldn’t handle. We had a great time. I love going over old stories over a beer or two. You get some incredible star views from out there too. After a few years at sea, you become pretty good at pointing out constellations, different stars and even the planets.
The good news is that we made it in one piece and had a great time.
Looking forward to next time!
Sources – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caribbean