Originally Posted by Ram
If I was you I would buy a small Hobie cat
(18 ft) if its a cat you want and start learning right where you are, have a lot of fun while your learning- you can do it one step at a time !
What he said. You will get wet on a Hobie. But you will learn about wind
, and being something small compared to the water
. If you consider yourself sporting enough to single
hand around the world, then mastering a hobie should be easy for you. Of course, you'll get just as wet and likely experience far wilder conditions on a circumnavigation
no matter what single handed boat you get.
Goal setting is a wonderful thing. You've got "single hand around the world" and only you know if you've got the drive to do it. So let's think about the nearer term goals that you want to have completed.
Day sailed local waters as crew on a dingy (or hobie cat).
Single handed local waters on a dingy.
Plenty people don't even get this far.
Then you've got a bigger boat, first as crew. Then longer passages, etc.
There are many steps to take.
How about reading 3 books
on sailing in the next month? One book on the basics of how to sail, one book about a disasterous trip, and one book on either diesel
boat mechanics, or electrical maintenance
Your dream is awesome. The response you get to such a dream may sound "stern" but there are 100s more people with awesome dreams than there are serious thinkers who really complete their goals. By the way, learning the terminology is absolutely important, especially if you want to be able to ask for help. "I need to figure out if the thing connected to the black round piece on the engine
is broken" just won't work.
I am certain that there are many large boat owners who would like to take on as crew a talented artist who paints a picture of the Captain's vessel.
You should have a website for your art, which you can do free. You should have sailing and boat pictures on it. You can have an about the artist and talk about your long term and near term goals. "Crew on a delivery
from the Keys to Bahamas" for example. You should also line up permission from your parents.
If you're serious, go for it. I've never run into anyone who regretted doing something bold when they were young.