We have decided that after we sell our house, to ultimately get a sailboat for some coastal cruising and some passages here and there. As to just where all this is to occur, we are not sure. Maybe San Diego
; perhaps Texas
; perhaps Florida
. Just not sure yet.
As a means to that end we are going to San Diego
next week to scout it out and look at some boats. But, in reality this is really a peek at one of the latter steps in our process. Kind of like Stephen Covey's "Begin with the end in mind." part of his management training.
Check me out on my thinking on our process, knowing that the last time that we sailed was approximatly when the viking Harald Hardrade was ravaging the English
Isles in the 11 century when Edward the Confessor was King.
Newbie proposed steps:
1. Ask questions on this forum
3. Go on some captained, chartered cruises
4. Leech off of friends for some day sailing
6. Ask questions on this forum
7. Go to ASA
training programs; take as many courses as we can;
9. Sail via friends and/or captained charters
10. Decide where we wish to be and candidate places to sail to
11. Determine budget
, maximum affordable boat; plan for insurance
12. Prepare list of candidate boats
13. Ask questions on this forum
14. As much as possible visit boats, or perhaps hire a surveyor/expert to at least take a gander at one or two top candidates (not a survey
, but an overview) that we cannot visit personally at the time
15. Make offer on top candidate with proviso of survey
and clause where we can re-negotiate price
or back out if survey shows deficiencies more than $xxxxxxxx.
16. Buy boat and get started learning
about her, making changes, and sailing!
17. Continue to read and learn while sailing.
FYI, at this point, we lean to the "Perry-like" full keel
or modified full keel
boats with skeg. Some that catch our fancy include Island Packet
, Tayana, Valiant, Pacific Seacraft
, and others like Cape Dory
, Cabo Rico
, Hans Christian. All this stems from my coveting of Cape Dory's sometime back. Heavily leaning toward buying
a used boat
. Would not rule
out a new one, though. Racing
not important to us.
Thanks for any thoughts you have about what we should consider as we embark on our next adventures! See: this is what happens when your kids
grow up and leave you unsupervised and up to heaven only knows what!