Long time lurker First Post
A little about myself. I learned to sail as a kid in the 60ís
at camp Bennett on Cape Cod
. Then sailed a bit in college
(dingy racing) then started a business, had two kids
and didnít have the opportunity to sail much. Then when my kids
a bit older I hooked up with a bunch of guys racing
out of Huguenot and
American Yacht clubs on Long Island Sound
. I will Never Ever Forget
My first big boat race
start. It was just plain out of this world exciting and intoxicating, 11 boats aiming for the start, The Captain
calling out time by the second
Big boats closing fast and clearing each other by inches.
Everybody yelling Starboard and Protest. !!! Absolutely Wild
We did Wednesday and Thursday nights and one weekend day
It was called the ďCan OneĒ series because the western most mark was always The first can east of the Throgs Neck Bridge.
It was more fun then should be allowed on this earth. Anyhow I did that for many seasons and had tons of fun. Then I moved with my family
from NY to NJ and bought my first boat, an Ericson
27 with an Atomic 4 Gas engine
. I nicknamed this engine
the ďAtomic BombĒ because I believe that if Iím not water-skiing there is no place for Gasoline on a boat . I bought the boat on the Hudson
in Haverstraw NY and then sailed it down to Port Imperial NJ. Didnít really plan the relocate that well because developed engine issues just above West Point and had to shut it down. I then had
this monumental tacking duel to clear the point. I learned lots about preparation on this run. I had this boat for about 2 years then sold it. I found it was just not enough fun sailing in the upper and lower bay, way to much traffic and huge Hudson
. Then two years ago I had the opportunity to help a friend (just the two of us) sail his brand new Jeenneau 45 Sun Odyssey from New Jersey to Florida
by way of Delaware River,DC Canal, Chesapeake, Dropping into ICW
at Norfolk till Beaufot NC
then finishing on the outside.
I was the navigator for this trip, Yup I was old school
with paper charts
and a set of Weems & Plaths. Although I did fall in love with the chart plotter for close in work Like Norfolk Harbor and the Albemarle sound and the Auto Pilot so Icould stand watch by standing in the companionway
not get constantly splashed and wind
lashed. The Albemarle sound can be a fun place in a nice blow, when you draw 5Ē6Ē and have to stay dead center in the channel. This Boat had everything from electric
winches to hot showers, from bow thrusters to radar
. Huge Huge Battery
Bank and a rather large genset, Heat and AC
This was a great trip and started the wheels turning, not just turning but
Really Mashing Forward
And I hatched the plan below which is where I seek some advice
My Plan is To:
during the Winter 0f 2015
The first step is going to be the purchase
of a boat which
I plan on doing in Florida
sometime during the Fall of 2014.
The 45 Jeenneau was something else But not in my budget
by a country mile. No, Make that 50 country miles.
So Iím thinking about boats in the 15 to 20 thousand range
(used of course)
And have kind of come up with the following as a starting point
All mid 80ís or so
I plan on inviting friends and family
and sometimes seeking crew
for some onboard company and help. No more than 4 at any given time.
Some of my requirements are (not in any order)
Canít be in need of major refitting.
Roller Furling Jib
Lines led to cockpit
(in case I have to single
Chart plotter (although I know how to use SeaClear
on my PC with a GPS
receiver, Iíd like something at the helm)
I would like to keep all else as simple as I can because I am a believer that
If it can break, it will, especially all the electronic goodies
I plan to carry a handheld VHF
and GPS and Paper Charts
for Back up.(as I did on the Juneau)
The Plan is to Island hop all the way down and then Island hop all the way back, I think this is referred to as the ďThorny RoadĒ. 3 to 4 month cruise
With overnight stays at marinas
every 5 or 6
days to tour around, get a good shower
The other days either sailing or on the hook.
So friends what am I missing? What do you think of the boats Iíve have
decided to look at? If a boat is on the hard
, somewhat disassembled what is the protocol to get a survey
and look see? Who is traditionally responsible for stepping the mast
? How do you test the engine of a boat out of the Water
?I way much prefer a boat in the water and running,
What about my island hoping plan? What gear
is absolutely needed
and what would be in the nice to have class? I am no hero, I know my limitations and just want to experience the cruising lifestyle for a winter and maybe much longer.
Call it my 60th Birthday present to myself.
I have been a Four rated Hang Glider Pilot and have PADI Advanced Open Water Certification
. In Aviation, the saying is the only things that are truly worthless are the runway behind you and the air above you because neither will do you any good in anemergency. So what is the runway and air above me in my plans?
I know this is a long post but I know for sure the collective wisdom here
is a great place to get my first Reality Check!
Thanks to All in Advance
Please No Negative Naysayers, Life is Short
and at Almost sixty, I'm on the back nine and I'M GOING
but don't fancy becoming a Coast Guard Statistic.