Next Tuesday Bud Taplin (Mr. Westsail) is going to survey
the Westsail 32 we have had our eyes on. She needs new standing rigging
, and a new mainsail
. There are a lot of little, and not so little jobs that will have to be done before she is ready to take us across oceans.
She is old, and not in "turnkey" shape, but more then any of the boats we have looked at, she sings to us. Initially my wife was set on a Pacific Seacraft
Mariah, but we could not find one in our price
range. In order to be able to cruise
with a modest 10+ year budget
our boat has to be both ready and paid for in five years. At that time our youngest will be off to college, and my wife will retire after over 20 years in federal law enforcement.
I have recently started working as a sail loft assistant. I get a little sewing machine
time doing simple jobs in between what ever monkey work needs doing, but I'm loving it. The pay is a lot less then what I used to make as a commodity broker, but I don't have the stress, and don't feel like I've sold my soul. We will have a extended cruising budget
from pensions and I plan to be able to repair sails
and do canvass work to keep from touching our savings.
I dreamed of being able to cruise
around the world as a boy. I joined the Navy
, but instead of the South Pacific
, I ended up home-ported in Norfork VA. The farthest I got from the U.S. was the Persian Gulf during the Iranian Hostage Crisis. Five years later I was back on the water
as a commercial
fisherman. After several years and a particular hardscrabble season crabbing off Cape Disappointment I thought I left any dreams of living on the ocean behind me. Now with my lovely wife, we will soon be able to go where we want, explore all those places that we could only catch glimpses of in travel shows.
There still is a long road ahead, but we have the will, a plan, and very soon a sturdy little ship to carry us away.