Originally Posted by autumnbreeze27
I like how you think. A wise man once told me, you know how you eat an elephant? one bite at a time.
FWIW, I had a dream too. It started on a Catalina
27 six years ago, and in 87 days and 1 hour we sail away on a 50' ketch to Mexico.
That is what I am talking about. Congratulations on making your dream a reality!
So, look like the moderator has asked for some background on me personally. Sure.
I am not a youngster. I am 47. I have a degree in Ceramic Engineering. I am currently a low to mid level manager for a glass manufacturer, and do not make a lot of money
. There was a turning point in my life; my second divorce and my son. I got the better end of that stick, full custody of my then 4 Y/O son, she got the freedom to pursue her dream of conquering the business world and is now a VP for some company. I don't even know what they do. But, I know my son loves me more than anything else in the world. Would not trade
shoes with her for a minute. Because I have essentially been a single
father for 7 years now, pulling down the big corporate positions (I have been a national sales manger, techincal sales manager, plant manager...you get the point) no longer appeals nearly as much as being home every night. That is a trade
off, but one I would make many time over. My son and I suffer from SAD, seasonal affect disorder and typically get really depressed in the winter. Central Ohio is only behind Seattle
in lack of sunlight I believe. It is just no good for he and I. We need more sunlight. Last year I stayed home and home schooled my son. He needed it. I think you guys get where my priorities are right?
My first thought was to buy a small house on an out island in the Bahamas
. I could afford it, but impossible to get a job.DREAM CHANGE neccessary. So I have been searching for a way that he and I (oh and incidentally, a wonderful girlfriend that is pushing me to get a boat, a good and bad thing all at once, but later on that) to move to a sunnier climate. WHile I am at it, my thinking is that I am aging and I really do not want to be mowing two acres of land or shoveling snow or freezing my ass off anymore. When I break it down, hell I really dont need half the **** that I have accumulated. I certainly do not really need a house, I just need someplace to eat and sleep physically. I need something completely non-materialistic to sooth my soul. Coastal property in the US is NOT cheap
. A liveaboard
is cheaper, but I know for a fact I can't just sit in the harbor and never cruise
. It would drive me nuts. You can kinda see the progression here right? So, I started reading about sailing. I am one of those guys that researches to death everything (you should see my high end vintage audio equipment
collection now). The Neel 45 would be the ultimate target in my mind, but my mind is still very green. Hope that makes sense.
Most of what everybody suggested was already on the to do list. I think in advance, way in advance and plan plan plan then execute execute adjust execute. It is very nice to hear it confirmed though, and there were several things I did not know about.
Now you know where I am coming from. I want a way to provide for my family
, am not really interested in being rich or powerful, am very willing to compromise and save and plan, and I feel I am a diligent, if not enthusiastic learning of all things I set my mind to (OK, some advanced physics classes
kicked my ass, but I do not think sailing requires rocket science).
BTW: Nicky (my son) loves the idea of living on a boat. He does not make friends well so has nothing he is going to lose, just the opportunity to be on the water
. We could home school
him no problem. His IQ is through the roof!
Now I am off to plan baby step #1. I will report (infrequently I am most certain as I am slow and certain about each step) on my progress toward my dream. Thank you all for some excellent input.
P.S. What do you all do for music
on the boat? Please tell me your not using a car stereo