I have to agree with Delancey.
It is absurd that some are encouraging this individual to follow his dreams in the manner he has chosen.
I have been sailing all my life including some cruising and a hell of a lot of racing
. This has made me very respectful of the water
whether the ocean, bay or lake.
Some have encouraged this individual just get out there and do it which I find very scary. A fifty foot boat can be a beast to control......I know because I have owned one for almost 15 years and have sailed her extensively.
I do remember many years ago I was invited to do Key West Race
Week by the designer
of the boat we were racing
. This happened to only be a 40 footer with the new owner aboard who had never sailed before! At the onset I found it odd and I thought this guy obliviously had more money
than brains and unfortunately he had been taken advantage of by an over zealous broker. The boat was full of pros except for the new owner and myself. In typical Key West
fashion it blew like stink and by the end of the week the new owner was in tears, bruised and a pitiful mess. I felt very sorry for him and needless to say it was a short lived romance between him and his new first boat.
Although a different situation it is the same theme.
People buy boats for different reasons. At my Yacht Club there are people with big boats that seldom leave the dock
and know very little about true sailing. Maybe to them they are boaters and they get enjoyment out of their toy I am not sure.
However what they miss is the true Zen of sailing when you become one with your boat and the ocean. I personally think this can only be achieved when you start with the very basics.....know what it is like to turn a boat over, push a boat to its limits, sailing a small boat that will definitely flip if you re not on your toes. This experience is not to be underestimated and you are cheating yourself out of a lot of security
and pleasure on the water
by starting with a ship instead of a boat.