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Frequently Asked Questions

How much experience is required? Who sails with Offshore Adventure Sailing?

Though most OAS clients are inland or coastal sailors, no sailing experience is required.  The principal requirement is a taste for adventure and a positive attitude.

What boat are we sailing?

We sail La Peregrina, our Cabo Rico 34.  She was designed by Bill Crealock and built in Costa Rica.  She’s a true bluewater sailboat, very seaworthy and well outfitted.  Under a previous owner, she sailed around the world in 1997 - 2002. She is a cutter-rigged sloop with a modified full keel and about 18,000 pounds displacement.  She has a 47-hp Yanmar diesel engine, a wind generator, solar panel, auto pilot, radar, 4-person life raft, large whisker pole, SSB radio, VHF radios, AIS, EPIRB, several GPSs, chartplotter, 9 ft. hard-bottom inflatable dinghy with 9.9 hp outboard motor, jacklines, harnesses, tethers, PFDs, etc.  

Where do we sail?

In 2019 and 2020, we have several voyages scheduled in the Gulf of Mexico, the Florida, and the Bahamas. Who knows where we'll go after that?  See our "Expeditions" page.   We also offer customized expeditions.  If you don't see exactly what you're looking for, please contact us.  


What is included in the costs quoted?

Costs cover all expenses while on the boat, including food, drink, and dockage.  You will also need to provide for your transportation to our departure point and from our point of arrival.  


Who is our Captain?

Joe Hagan is a USCG-licensed Captain with more than 30 years of sailing experience.  A proud member of Nashville's Harbor Island Yacht Club, he has sailed the U.S. coast from South Carolina to Louisiana, and has made multiple voyages to Cuba and the Bahamas.  In 2016 and 2017, he and his wife Maribeth sailed La Peregrina from New Orleans to the Bahamas and the Northwest Caribbean, covering 5500 nautical miles and visiting the Turks & Caicos, Cuba, Jamaica, the Caiman Islands, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico. To read a blog of that trip, click below. 


What Our Sailors Say

One of the most fantastic ‘vacation’ trips I’ve ever had! I learned so much about sailing, cruising, teamwork, cooperation, safety, preparation and smart decisions. Joe and Maribeth Hagan along with their spectacular ‘little’ sailboat La Peregrina made this an adventure I will never forget. They were gracious hosts while waiting out the weather, calm under the most stressful conditions and immensely knowledgeable about the cruising lifestyle! It was everything I hoped it would be and more than I ever imagined it could be! If you or anyone you know wants the experience of a lifetime, I highly recommend you check out the Offshore Adventure Sailing website and start planning yours now!!!!!
— Scott T

Thank you for successfully guiding me through my first offshore sailing adventure! I would have been happy to continue to the Bahamas. The sailing was fantastic. I believe we had the boat at hull speed most of the time. The engine was nice when the wind dropped and during the squall. I particularly enjoyed sailing through the night. The stars were impressive and I saw bioluminescence for the first time. You can’t go wrong when you have a nice boat, good wind, good sailors, beautiful sunrises, sunsets, stars and too many dolphins to count.
— Sam A.

I sailed with Offshore Adventure Sailing from Panama City, FL to Key West, FL in May of 2018.  Previous charter trips I have taken had the feeling of bay sailing since the captain was reluctant to stray too far from the coast, this is NOT the case with Joe and OAS.  We took as straight of a route as the wind would allow and at our furthest point were roughly 300 miles from the nearest land. We faced decent weather for the 450ish mile trip, and spent a couple nights at great anchorages in the Dry Tortugas.  The overall feel of the trip was more like a friends boat instead of a charter vessel.  The vast amount of offshore sailing knowledge I gained from Joe boosted my confidence greatly to embark on a similar trip on my own boat.  La Peregrina is a robust and well-accommodated vessel; at no point did I have any doubts about her or the captain’s seaworthiness.  I highly recommend Offshore Adventure Sailing to anyone looking to gain blue water knowledge or just have a great time offshore sailing.
— CJ P

Thank you so much for the adventure from Panama City Beach to Key West via the Dry Tortugas.   Wow, what a great place!  I can’t say enough about the trip.   Captain and three crew were a perfect fit for the trip and for La Peregrina. Having consistent day and night watches with 9 hours off in between made the trip very casual and easy for everyone to get into the groove. La Peregrina is a solid vessel and the 18 to 20 knot breeze we experienced most of the trip seemed to be in her sweet spot. You did an outstanding job with the provisioning. Snacks were plentiful and it was a good variety of crunchy, sweet, salty, and chewy.   Thanks again for the trip.
— Bob C.

Kick ass trip!  It only took a few days on land for me to want to hop back on a boat. That trip changed my life for the better. Thank you, man! I made friends, read a book . . . after a while, I gave in to the ebb and flow of the sea and was rewarded with a calm that I now long for. What I enjoyed the most: Seeing the Milky Way for the first time. It was glorious! If I had to liken it to something else, I suppose it’d be a meditation retreat with adventure. I can’t wait to do it again. Thanks for a great trip!
— Jacob W.

My favorite time was when we were hard on the wind with the rail in the water. I kept thinking, I’m glad this isn’t my boat, because we would have been a lot wetter! The trip and time were fantastic. Thanks!
— Steve V.

The food situation was great. The locations where we spent the night at anchor were exceptionally beautiful. Being isolated for a week with nothing but a few good people, a book, and stunning views for 24 hours a day was just amazing! Thanks again.
— Levi C.