Hello all, just thought I would give an update so I don't just go down as one of those people who post grandiose dreams that never get followed through on.
Okay, got back from the BVI's a couple of weeks ago where I completed my 104 (bareboat) & 114 (catamaran) ASA certification
. Big props to Matt H. at Sunsail...he was an awesome instructor. Extremely knowledgeable and loved what he does which translates into a great experience. If you are considering it, do it! Best part (other than the obvious 7 days popping around the islands) was him letting me back (with guidance) the 38' Cat kitty corner into a 38'6" spot right on the dock
with everybody watching as they enjoyed their cocktails...lol I honestly thought there was no way it would fit!
Anyway fast forward to today, from my original plan I've now completed the ASA
courses. I went to Annapolis
and toured all the different boats, then spent an extra 10 days in the Islands touring around and talking to current
and former cruisers. Here are my findings.
- Wow, what an amazing lifestyle, I'm hooked.
- Everybody motor sails...its not just cats. For that matter who really cares, these diesel engines are so efficient that the cost is negligible.
- Why don't people mention all of the "extra" stuff in their budgets when they post the true cost of cruising? For example...you have to get a cruising permit to be in the BVI's...then it is $2/day per person on the boat while you are there. Oh, and there is a $25 per person departure tax. I realize this cost is pretty low, but still if this is the case everywhere it adds up...especially if you go back and forth between islands/countries. Is this the same up and down the island chain in the Caribbean?
- Sailing a Cat is a little bit like sailing a truck compared to a mono...but it is really nice when you are at anchor...which is a majority of the time. Granted the wind was not the greatest, looking forward to the next trip already to get some nicer wind.
- Everybody is happy...I'm thoroughly convinced that living in tropical climates is where its at. Best part is in my limited experience is that it is just such an active and social lifestyle compared to living where coats are required once Oct/Nov rolls around.
So here I am now going through the process of shedding stuff and planning on which boat to actually get. I'm fortunate that years of saving and sacrificing allow me to have a very comfortable budget
to get the right boat and to go on some extended cruising
. Currently I really like the idea of the new Lagoon
42 and having it custom built to my specs and taking delivery
in the Med next summer. The other finalist are new/used FP Helia, and or Lagoon
450. I really like that the FP 44 has the protected helm
and a little bit of a seating area up top as well. Being 6'2" I didn't care for the boat's 40' & under and the endless opportunities to hit my head
. Anybody that has made a similar decision on boats or is going through it right now as well I'd love to hear your take on the process & what you've decided.