I love sailing, and have done it enough to know I love it, but I am sadly landlocked in the mountains at present cranking out school
debt-free to get the skills I want in order to be financially able to sail indefinitely once I burn out on dealing with the impossible politics of making our government/world less crazy. (ugh, but somebody's got to try right? Might as well take my best shot. Maybe at the very least get legislation helping cruisers slipped into the NDAA or something.) If you were in my shoes, stuck far from water most of the time, what skills would you learn of the course of several years to prepare for liveaboard cruising? And what other advice would you give me?
(lots of good advice hopefuly)
Of the things I list below, how would you advise I go about learning
them? What should I add to it? (All of the things below are interesting to me in their own right as well)
So far my list is:
Fixing engines (cars? Diesel
motors? [solar is about to get 2x as efficient and 1/2 the price] Should I buy a POS outboard
or something and fix it up for practice? I can probably only choose one of those)
- (would getting a HAM license
pretty much cover everything I would want to know?)
? (Blarg, I know how it works from a physics perspective, but practically, I have very little experience. How exactly should I go about learning
Magically finding a beatiful, down-to-earth, loving, wealthy wife that wants to go cruising.
Alas, the last will likely be the hardest, but who knows?
I am already skilled in the arts of cooking
, hammock-occupying, rum-appreciation, and fish-eating. Also medical
, rowing, diving
stuff I'm already good on. I'm used to backpacking for months on end in the wilderness, so sailing in a little boat with an actual tiny galley
will be an upgrade in many ways compared to a walking with everything on my back, cooking
on a fire that's time consuming to start, and sleeping in a tent. So far I've never been that comfortable staying in one place for very long. I really really really look forward to doing this, and am not very worried about the possibility of getting stuck in a rut and putting it off forever—when I can do it, I will, barring any extreme extenuating circumstances.
What other skills would be good to know? How would you learn them in the US? What other advice or wisdom can you give me?