Thanks again everyone. We haven't come to a decision yet but we will be going.
A little about my wife and I . I have lived on a small lake my entire life and have sailed small craft since probably around age 5 or so. Growing up my dad loved to go fast. Sometimes when a storm was making the wind come up that was when dad and I went out, with mom screaming at us ( didn't work as we went out anyway). YEE HAW.
Sailed lake Michigan a couple of times with Aunt and uncle on their Columbia
39. When they retired they sold the house and moved aboard, sailed down to St. Thomas and lived on the boat for 3 years. At the end of their stay my Dad and I went down and sailed the BVIs for a week. At that time ( I think late 1980's but not sure) the Willy T was anchored at the Bight and there was NO deveopment on shore there. Uncle Dale said Norman Island was for sale
for a whopping $3 million us dollars. Dang it. Then we set of to the Turks and Caicos
. After 3 day passage
we ended up staying off south Caicos for 3 days. The winds stayed around 30 knots so Uncle Dale stayed put. Our destination
was Provo and we were to fly home from there. At that time I was really disappointed but now respect his decision. That was my only experience in the Virgins.
2013 Wife and I and our youngest daughter completed a live aboard Cat course in the Abacos. Wife and daughter fell in love with the idea of living the life. 2014 chartered (bare boat) 33' Jenn out of Bayfield Wisconsin on lake Superior
. The Apostle island there are a beautiful area to cruise
if you get the chance. This was the wife's first sail on a larger mono. She says she will never sail on one again. My bad. Shouldn't have taken her on a cat first.
Anyway our ultimate goal is to buy and live aboard for at least a couple of years so we need bare boat experience. I appreciate the suggestions of a captain and crew but frankly it ain't gonna happen. Also as above it will only be on a cat.
On another note admittedly I have been a hang about on CF for a couple of years now and have looked for a crew wanted
position almost daily, but haven't had any trips work out. I'll keep trying.
Thanks again everyone, Greg