I am 50 years old and about to retire. I grew up in yacht clubs and my father was the dock
master for the Coconut Grove Sailing Club (CGSC) in Miami
in the 70s and early 80s. I started sailing in prams around Dinner Key and in fresh water
lakes at the old age of 8. I sailed prams, lasers, sunfish, and several other small boats while growing up. We owned a beautiful wooden 36' Crocker Ketch
that I cruised the Bahamas
in for a summer. Later moving up to a Seafarer 38 Ketch
which my father lived on. We did many years of blue water
and bay sailing in that. As I hit adulthood I helped my father build a 48' Slocum Spray replica in Vancouver. He owned that boat until he was 80 then had to give up sailing. He passed away 2 years ago.
As I ready myself for retirement
, I find the ocean pulling me back to it. The problem I have is I have been out of sailing for 20 years now because my career took over. I want to one day find another Seafarer 38 ketch and sail for months at a time if not live aboard. The problem is whats the best way to get back the skills I have lost
over 20 years to safely sail a blue water rig? I am 6-02 and 200 lbs so I don't think a sunfish is a good starting point and I don't have room for anything larger than a 18 ft trailerable sailer until I am ready to buy the big boy.
I hope to get tons of information from this forum over the next few years.