Hi all, I hope I am publishing this thread in the proper place here
I am an airline transport pilot who flew since I was 18 years old and I decided to retire at 37 from Continental after spending fourteen thousand hours up in the air and achieve my dream (I sailed as a navy
cadet in my countrie's sailing training ship that was my only sailing experience ever) I bought a CL41 offshore
in the BVI and I hired a 70 year old very experienced captain
to spend a few months as the boat captain
while I learned , we became friends and two days ago bad news hit us at the marina (Nanny Cay) regarding his mother serious health
situation back in the US. He of course flew back and I was left alone in the boat, I felt like being on board one of those airbuses I used to fly but without a hint of what to do
I contacted Tony (bvimatelot) who I previously virtually met here at the forum and commented him the situation. Tony is a retired royal navy
officer and he has been chartering and delivering boats for many years.
Tony was very sensitive and the very next day he showed up at the slip and after hearing the situation (everybody needs to leave the marina due to the upcoming regatta) he volunteered to help me by relocating the boat during the regatta
at Road Harbour where I will be anchored and I will also be able to dink into town. He will also be relocating the boat back to the marina and most possibly he and me will take the boat to Cartagena
(my previous captain will need to spend a few good months close to his mom. I am local in Cartagena) in my way to the San Blas Islands.
The challenge continues as I will need to learn to live anchored during that week and then spend some time back at the marina while Tony findsa slot to sail her to Cartagena
In the mean time I keep close contact with my previous captain and friend back in Fort Lauderdale
who is letting me consult him about the way I am handling this brand new situation for me.
Without this forums
it would have been close to impossible to make it thru and the boat would have been back on the yard...thanks Tony and thanks to the cruisersforum.
Feel free to comment and make suggestions for this challenge, the boat is very seaworthy