Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 22-10-2015, 04:29   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: South Africa
Posts: 2
Leaving the rat race behind


We are based in South Africa and my husband and I have decided to leave the rat race behind and investing in a better quality life spending more time with our 3 and 5 year old daughters.

We are seriously considering sailing the seas, living aboard and visiting as many places possible.

We have read a lot of books and my husband was part of a crew that delivered a Leopard Catamaran from Cape Town to Miami in 2007. I have no experience whatsoever.

What would be the first steps to take to get us going? Should the two of us do a delivery first or should we try to get a skippers licence first?

Any help or advise will be very much appreciated!

Oli4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-10-2015, 05:42   #2
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Hanging with the owner's daughter ;-)
Boat: Crewing on a maxi cat
Posts: 2,707
Re: Leaving the rat race behind

Welcome to CF!

In answer to your question(s). I'd say, go sailing as much as you can, as a couple & solo, whenever you get the chance. Be it day sails, racing, or longer trips. Start slow, in order to get the basics. But don't hold back from pushing yourself outside of your comfort zones either.
As one pretty much has to (do) in order to really learn.

And while many on here hate the "R-word" (racing). It's a great tool (as well as being fun), because when you're racing, you'll learn 5x as much or more, for every hour spent on the water vs. each hour spent conventionally sailing.
This is because, when racing, everyone onboard is pushing to use every miniscle, available resource in order to gain that last little advantage over the competition.
- Sail; type, combinations, & trim. Navigation; basic X to Y type, current mapping (small & large scale), etc. Weather forecasting. Tide & Current mapping. And on & on.

Plus, the boats (and crews) are being pushed hard, so you wind up doing things, & getting into situations which, while uncommon when cruising, do happen. And thus, you'll learn the skills & confidence to handle them. Including when; short handed, at night, sans sleep, in abysmal weather & or other dodgy situations, etc.
That & 1,000 other little things... 99% of which pretty directly transfer to cruising.

Also, in addition to time on the water. Which you need to get documented, BTW, for use towards liscences & such.
Do as much studying on the various aspects of sailing as you can, including related topics like; first aid, electrical & mechanical servicing & repairs, sail making, rigging, navigation, etc.
But Especially to include studies based on a structured set of sailing courses, like those offered by ASA or other, similarly recognized programs.

Such, well laid out, courses will aid you both in gaining knowledge, in an easy to learn, & structured fashion. And that will help you whether; you want to rent a charter boat, & thus have verifiable creditentials. Or, also, to further you on your path down the road to whatever liscences you may be seeking.
In addition to the obvious... helping you learn how to sail, navigate, deal with emergencies, & everything else which goes into sailing.

I hope that that's of some help. That & that it makes sense, as I'm not 100% awake as yet ;-)

The Uncommon Thing, The Hard Thing, The Important Thing (in Life): Making Promises to Yourself, And Keeping Them.
UNCIVILIZED is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 22-10-2015, 07:11   #3
Moderator Emeritus
GordMay's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario - 48-29N x 89-20W
Boat: (Cruiser Living On Dirt)
Posts: 29,347
Images: 240
Re: Leaving the rat race behind

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Mel.
Gord May
"If you didn't have the time or money to do it right in the first place, when will you get the time/$ to fix it?"

GordMay is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Crew Available: Tired of Rat Race OICUR12 Crew Archives 2 29-12-2012 16:12
Leaving the Rat Race at 23 tortuga22 Meets & Greets 23 20-10-2011 13:34
Leaving Children Behind justdoit Families, Kids and Pets Afloat 48 18-11-2009 06:54
bailing out of the rat race live2kite Meets & Greets 11 15-02-2008 11:13

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 20:50.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.