I moved this thread to here from the meets and greets.
Here is my intro from there:
"I'm an older guy 72, and missed out on a lot of things I wanted to do in life but have not given up. On my bucket list I have a long cruise
on a sail boat. However, time and trials of life have taken their toll. Last year I purchased a 1972 Catalina
22 swing keel
and have been sailing it and fixing it up on a long winding reservoir in North AR.
My question is am I being realistic to think at 72 I can make the Great Loop cruise
on this boat?
I’m in pretty good shape and don’t have health
problems. I live and work daily on my retirement
small farm, work on the boat, fish
and sail her for extended periods of days. I am a retired teacher and have a livable pension income
with enough money
left over to add essential equipment
and boat upgrades as I make the cruise. What I don’t have is time to wait until the boat and equipment
I have some boating
experience, worked on a MS river push boat as a young man just out of the Army, and shipped on freighters (before containers) as an ordinary seaman. I lived on a 23 footer while going to the U of New Orleans
. In the 80s I had a wealthy wife for a while that bought us a 30' Hunter
we lived on and cruised the northern Gulf Coast
for a couple of years. I Took a home study course from FL Maritime logged my time and got a 50 ton license
(no longer current) I have owned and sailed an O'day 23 on the Gulf
Coast and salvaged, lake sailed a holed brand X 23' swing keel
for a while.
boat, a C22 is an old model with no frills. She is not a pop top. She has had some upgrades to strengthen the rigging
. I just finish refurbishing and reinstalled the keel, and painted the bottom. She has a new keel wench, cable, and lights. I just bought her a VHF
. I know generally what other equipment I need to add (she has some), and plan on some new off shore class sails
. I have a 2008 Tohatsu 4 stroke
,6 hp long shaft and a self refurbished Johnson 6 hp 2 stroke
for a back up.
I have some reservations about the FL big bend to the Okeechobee crossing leg and the Great Lakes
leg from the Erie Canal to Chicago. Reservations are mostly because I don’t have any navigation electronics
but I can plot, use charts
and have a hand held gps
. I used a loran
C based chart plotter on the Hunter
30, but know C is no longer in operation.
I am not trying to impress anyone, don’t want to write a book, or make history
. I just don’t want to sit here like a bump on a stump until the end. I really want to make a trip but don’t want to commit suicide although I am willing to go down swinging. I would appreciate constructive advice and guidance, but if all you can offer is school
boy smart a** sarcasm then keep it, I already got that.
Thank you for your indulgence. If you think I don’t belong on this forum just politely say so, I’ll go.
Peace and Love, James"
Now the cruise will begin. Thanks for looking in; I will appreciate any and all comments, advice, info, or just hellos.
Peace and Love, James