A warm hello to the CF community!
I've been enjoying perusing the forums
and coming up with ideas on how to further get involved in sailing and work toward a cruising lifestyle. I've just completed a ASA
101 - 104 liveaboard
course and spent a week skippering a charter
. Now it's time to figure out my next move.
At the moment I'm interested in developing my sailing skills in a relatively low-stakes context. I was thinking to buy a 70's or 80's pocket cruiser
in the 20 - 25 foot range and strapping my bike to the bow and spending a summer gunkholing and anchoring
out with my backpacking equipment
. I would have to single
hand, simply because I don't know anybody able or willing to join me for more than two weeks at a time. Being coastal sounds great, but I'd even be happy to spend a summer on interesting freshwater (or maybe get something trailerable and bum around on 2 or 3 lakes). Some ideas and details I'd love input on:
: 7 - 11K including boat and cruising costs for summer. I envision anchoring
out or tying to a mooring
70% of the time. I'll basically eat noodles, pastries or buy groceries in delis. No stove or sink strictly necessary, I'll make do with a Jetboil. Not sure about alternatives to a head
(camp latrine? bucket?).
22ish, O'Day 22ish, Hunter
boats have come up. With a stretch of the budget
, a Newport
27 might be possible. I've even toyed with the idea of "backpacking" out of a sailing dinghy
, but have not researched this option much. Perhaps the biggest catch here is that I want to avoid spending my budget and summer on repairs
and improvements. I'd gladly downsize boats and comfort if it means I can get out (and stay out) on the water
. Another consideration here is getting rid of a boat after summer is over. I don't want to deal with storage
costs or the like because I'll be back to work for the next school
Location: I don't have much of an idea here. This also would include a good starting region in which to acquire the boat. I'm eyeing the inside passage
between Ketchikan and Haines up in Alaska
, because it's close to home. But how about recommendations on Great Lakes
locations, segments of the ICW
, etc.? Getting down to Mexico
seems great too and like a good way to reduce costs. Where can I find protected but interesting water
to mess around?
I'm flexible on all the details. This is still in the hare-brained scheme phase of development. I have a calendar year to figure it out. Right now, I'm soliciting the experience and knowledge of more experienced folks to maximize my chances of pulling something like this off and working toward being competent as a cruiser. What do you think? Am I on the right track here or should I scrap the whole idea and focus on finding a way to crew for someone? What would you do with the budget and time available?
Kind regards and and thanks in advance for your input!