Okay, so while sitting around reading through some threads here, I got the idea to provide everybody with a little more about myself and my goals, so you can respond more productively.
- I will be sailing single-handed, unless I happen across a kindred soul who likes the idea of living on a boat (unlikely, I imagine).
- From what I gather, I will need a 25-30' sloop
. Does this sound right?
- I've looked into diesel
engines, and feel I have a solid foundation in theoretical maintenance
, but feel like I need some practice working on a diesel engine before purchasing
a sailboat of my own. Where could one such as myself get such experience?
- I realize that there is a lot
about sailboats that I am completely ignorant of. This bothers me, and I am wondering where/how I can get sufficient experience with boats before buying
one of my own.
- I tend to over-analyze things, so I'm afraid I might be doing that here! Is it okay to jump into living aboard
without a whole lot of experience, or is it a good idea to get as much as I can before jumping into it?
- Although I have SSDI ($743/month), I am worried that I might not make enough to sustain myself living on a boat. Is $743/month workable, and if not, is it possible to sell fish
and/or hand-made crafts to supplement my income
That's about all I can think of for now. Thanks for any tips/pointers/advice!