We did the similar things, we bought grey ghost(1977 Pearson
323) in 2011 on eBay.
She was in Oakland and we were in China
, we never sail or own a boat before, she was sat in estuary for 15 years. but we wanted to live on it and sail back to Asia
We did some sea sick training, our first training was riding on a delivery
mission with friend from Ventura back to Berkeley, my wife was "dead" three days straight, can't eat, can't move at all on the entire trip until we back to Berkeley.
And I found seasick can get used to it, we tried anchor
right north side of the gate, off at Bolinas beach, rock as hell, try to live aboard there and found seasick disappeared after three days.
We harbor hopping down the coast all the way to Mexico
, had seasick every single time when we untied the dock
line and leave the harbor. But we also find out the time of sea sickness
is getting shorter and shorter, I personally never tried sea sick medicine before, and getting away from sea sick time were down to 1.5 days from 3 days.
We sail to Hawaii
, meet our old friends in the Bay Area at Hawaii
yacht club during their transpac, sailed to Saipan meet new friend and join local kendo community so we have hot tub on roof after practice XD, sail to ogasawara and become adopted child with local fishmen's family
.(previous yakuza). Sailed to Okinawa and dodge the typhoon haiyan( biggest storm recorded on recent 50 years history) meet lots of people and also the first big city since we left Hawaii, and back to Taiwan
I think buying
a boat is the worst investment financially, but best investment in life if we use it to sail around and go places.