A Vancouver 27 will get you around the world safely, a Yankee 30 will do it faster and a Westsail 32 will do it with enough room and storage
for two people. There are examples of these boats out there that you should be able to afford and, in the case of the Yankee 30, might be able to pay cash for. Look for a boat that someone has lavished money
and love on only to lose interest. Don't be mesmerized by shoreside condo's like the Hunters. They make poor cruising boats and are questionable in their ability to stand up to the rigors of long distance cruising. You need lots of storage
, not wide open spaces.
As others have said, Since you are retired there are small boat facilities at most military bases on the water. Kept my boat in the old rescue
boat marina at NAS Norfolk years ago and assume the facilities have gotten better over the years. Pearl Harbor has quite a large number of boats at the club in Pearl Harbor and MCAS Kaneohe. San Diego
is sure to have some facilities as well as the Marine
Corps at Oceanside. Unfortunately Rotten Ron Dellums drove the Navy out of the SF Bay
area or there would be excellent opportunities there. A lot of the Navy bases had cast offs from the Naval Academy sail boat fleet back in my days in the Navy that could be used or crewed on.
You may want to cast your net farther afield and look into local sailing and yacht clubs. Many of the clubs are working man's outfits that you'd feel comfortable joining. There is always someone looking for crew to race
, help with the junior programs, and just to talk boats with.
You might think about buying
a small sailing dinghy
that could be used as your tender
when and if you get a bigger boat. Best way to actually learn how to sail. A small under 25' boat that you could explore local waters would be way to learn about sailing further afield, navigation
, and even how you'll handle the less than perfect days out there sailing.
Good luck in your adventure.