I have a long term plan of buying
and becoming a full time cruiser when we retire.. (6 years). But, as of 4 months ago, I had never even been on a sailboat. My husband and I bought a small sailboat at the end of May so that we can begin to learn everything we need to know about sailing.
How's it going? not great!!
Here is the problem. since we bought our sailboat we've had 16 weekends in which to sail. (can't sail during the week because we work, and it's a bit of a drive to get there... )
Here is what happened in those 16 weekends:
4 of those weekends I was out of town. (family issues)
5 of those weekends my husband was working (he works shift work)
2 of those weekends we used to work on the boat. (major cleaning
.. and repairs
needed since it was an old boat owned by a bachelor who used it for partying.. )
1 weekend we went out on a friends boat
2 weekends the weather
wasn't conducive to sailing
2 weekends .. we went out and had a good sail.
and now the season is nearing a close.. and I feel like I've learned so little. I have to learn enough in the next 6 years to be able to go on blue water
passages... I need WAY more time to learn than this... right?
Or, am I just thinking that this is a way bigger deal to learn than it actually is.
so my question is... how experienced do you think I would need to be able to handle water
sailing">blue water sailing? and do you think this is even feasible this close to retirement