Hi, all. My first post here, but been reading the forum for awhile, lots of good information. I was hoping you guys could give me some perspective on a plan/daydream I've been kicking around.
Basically I'm wondering if there's someplace warm and beautiful I could go over the pacific NW winter (6 soul-sucking months, really) where I could (without too much hassle/expense) buy a small centerboard
sailboat, rig up a boom tent, and cruise
the local coast line and islands. (a la Margaret Dye, Ida Little)
The point is to find a way to continue building up my sailing skills and gain some insight into the cruising life without having to take the plunge and buy and outfit and maintain a cruiser capable of carrying me to this hypothetical paradise. Maximum sailing, minimum responsibility. ;]
So this place would need good winter weather
, interesting coastline to explore, used market where I could find this kind of boat and sell it when I leave (even if at a loss), ability for a US citizen to stay for a good length of time, not super expensive on shore since in such a small boat I wouldn't be living aboard/sailing full time. This wouldn't be $500/month shoestring, but still low budget
. Say twice that or a little more, not counting the boat. Which I guess might rule
out some otherwise ideal places in the Caribbean
. Seems like it should be achievable many places though—I don't drink, live pretty simply, and would be off beach camping a lot. Time frame flexible, but 3-6 months, definitely January and February.
What do you think? Crazy talk? Specific suggestions welcome, both geographical and logistical.