ladies & gentlemen a warm hello, my name is Kevin & while I have been lurking these forums
for some time I just today decided to make an account and begin contributing in active discussion on that which binds us all together, the passion we share for the Art of sailing.
Now my journey begins in it's early phases as I follow the path carved out by the more experienced of sailors such as yourselves. However i sure do at times feel slightly overwhelmed with what way exactly to go so let's wind
it back a bit
I am a 26 year old New York
(upstate) native who has spent his entire life bouncing up and down the east coast
conquering various jobs, skills & feats of strength. A couple years ago I landed back in my hometown (like so many do) Outside of Albany, New York
. I met a girl a few years back who this weekend technically becomes my fiancÚ. We have drawn the conclusion late last winter that ditching all of our stuff and strapping aboard a sail boat, cruising away into the abyss is the next step in our walk of life.
The plan thus far is to purchase
a boat somewhere in the Chesapeake bay
and get comfortable sailing in relatively easy waters. Continue working on 2 novels I am writing , learn more and more everyday about sailboats, Progressing further & further out and down the east coast
until it comes time to cruise
around South America
. My soon to be fiancÚ has her masters in foreign language related studies. Also we have US friends in panama
and equator who own land that should keep us busy exploring, all of that however is years down the road as our primary focus is the next 8 months. Our deadline you see for moving to the Chesapeake, Norfolk area has a deadline of April 2015.
I have been selling stuff off & saving money
, no problem it's just stuff and you sure don't own it, rather it owns you.
I have been reading, reading, & reading about the lifestyle as well as obstacles and challenges we will undoubtably face.
Last week I spent my time *between work* researching & mastering the ins and outs of solar
electricity after concluding it will be valuable knowledge to wield & share amongst friends soon to come
This weekend me & the lady have a date down in the city where I have secretly set up private sailing lessons
for ourselves, after which we will walk down the marina docks, watch the sunset & then I pop the Engagement question. cockyness aside she we say yes as that's just where we are in our relationship
So lessons [check]
knowledge [forever ongoing]
But the problem I face today is entirely question one:
what is next?
Do I begin the process of boat shopping
? I have looked around and have a feel of what i desire
Get on a waiting list for some live aboard marina?
Learn trait A or trait B?
I feel like I am ready to plunge forward but financially it's just not a reality as of yet. So what's next while I save!?
One of the biggest hold me backs is a vehicle I am having trouble selling. Would it be considered spam to boat owners trying to sell their boat on a website such as craigslist or boat trader to offer a vehicle & cash in trade
towards a boat? My feeling is that someone selling a boat doesn't wanna risk the deterioration of his or her boat on top of marina fees
while they wait for a buyer to show interest & maybe obtaining an expensive vehicle plus cash is an easier flip for cash down the roAd?
Apologies for the long post, perhaps just excited & rambling
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