After many years of trying to understand what it would take and what would be necessary "for me " to pursue my unyielding desire to follow my dream of traveling the oceans by means of my own prudence and abilities aboard my own boat, I have concluded that there are many right paths. And without doubt,... many wrong ones. I have questions that have lead to answers but also more questions. What is bluewater? What is coastal cruising? What boat would be required based on my expectations and personal comfort level? Can I sail around the world ... Or will I be content just exploring my very small space that is familiar and relatively close by,...say the Bahamas
and western Caribbean
Oh ... and how much knowledge will I need that I may not already possess? How will I know the boat is what I need it to be? Trust someone who is suppose to know and spot the things that I am sure to overlook ? Am I a good enough sailor? Do I truly understand what I am getting myself into? Have I read all the books
I need? Do I understand navigation
in such a way that if all electronics
were fried would I still find my port of destination
? Will I learn to have the skill to read the sea before it takes me and swallows me? And storm tactics ...can I control my boat in all the conditions in which I am surely to find myself?
I think these and many more questions I have are like most all other aspects of life in which the entire process as a whole will be determined and initiated by something within me personally. No one can give me all the right answers and when all is said and done, I will achieve and succeed, or fail in this because of my philosophy and who I am as a person. I will have to do this based on who I am and my philosophy in life.
Some can't shove off until they have a cool mil in the bank and half of that in a boat. Some spring to there feet on a whim and trade
there harley for a decent 30 foot antique with a hit and miss engine
,..and some...well some sell their entire life that they have worked for ,..30 - 40 years... and get the best that will afford them. Are they all not pursuing the same thing? Can not all of them succeed ? Is there a right boat,.. and a right time , and a right answer? Yes many right answers. And many right boats. I am sure when I am in a far away port sipping on a nice cool drink I will see all sorts of right answers because I think the right answer is more of a philosophy rather than a collection of objects and intellects .
I have learned so much reading these pages of intellect and foolishness. I have learned being a successful sailor is an art that is drawn by ones own philosophy and the type person one is rather than a certain skill set and bank account. I will go with what I know is right for me within reason and never look back and I will know that I will take with me when I go the same philosophy that I have always used in life and in doing this I will succeed in achieving my goal and be satisfied I did it right ,...my way.
So do I need a full keel
or will a fin and spade do the trick? What do you think?