All good advise but, you are the key here and the dream is only just forming.
This response is long as I cover a few points as I see them.
Your experience hunting is and was a good start. Being alone out there takes a soul that can handle oneself as well as ones fears. They are there and will rear their ugly faces.
The emotions of a sailor run deep in those that have been out there. Myself, I have nearly 60,000 miles over 35 years of open ocean sailing behind me. I have crewed with great folks and some not so great. I am a particular sort so spending time alone is no big deal. That way I get to do as I please, when I please and how I desire to complete it. I live aboard a Pearson 365 ketch
"cruising boat" after racing
for most of my life. The large benefit is I got used to sparse conditions and someone paid me to do it.
In my opinion, there is no better teacher than experience. I am sure you can change the oil
in your car. I suspect you can build something from scratch or follow instructions...well enough to impress someone to feel confident enough to take you along. I do not suggest doing it for free. Charge something, 24 bucks a day if nothing else to assist in a delivery
, plus return and food
If you make it a job you retain the motivation, responsibility factor and the willpower to continue.
your thoughts upon the return of every trip and dive right into the next one. They are all worth the time.
By doing this you will be gaining valuable experience both in sailing and the general lifestyle. It is different. The folks around you will change rapidly and your ideals will become more refined as to why you want to sail single
handedly. Mine did.
One fault I have is I expect others aboard to be thinking what and when I do, to be constantly alerted of the next thing that needs the be done as well as what could be done next or happen. When I find they are less intense, I begin to both make them aware of me and my ways and see if they are the same or I just begin to do for them; as I feel they have weak spots.
Of course they are not weak but abreast of different views. This I learn, sometimes too slowly and realize they have values just as I do. But, things get done they may not see necessary.
One thing you should always do is have fun.
It's important to know the job necessary. One trip, I was the senior crew member
and navigator, not the skipper
. In rough conditions 300 miles off California
to Marina Del Ray aboard Sorcery (C&C61). I was the only one capable of changing from a #3 headsail to the #4 in 10 to 12 foot seas with a time of maybe 6 seconds between peaks, probably 4 seconds. The wind
was over thirty and increasing. I did the job. I, at one point was over the side and out of site of the rest of the crew in the cockpit
. I got back to work and slowly made my way to the cockpit
. I was hailed a fool at the same time a hero but the ride was a bit more comfortable.
When the skis cleared and the foulies came off the crew was the same mix of experienced and those that were not. I learned that I depend on myself for my own safety
If you keep your prospective in mind and enjoy the trips you will be a great sailor, person and crewmate to those of us other persons in the worldmarine.
Oh, on what to say or think of your friends and relatives, “the less you say the smarter you sound.”