If having a partner in your life is important, and living aboard
is important, then it will be important to you to obtain a boat on which a woman will want to live aboard
That is probably not going to be a 1985 gunkholer with a fold-down table and single-sink gallery.
To me, this means one of the French boats. Specifically one of the designers who is known to have said "I want a woman to walk on to this boat and say Yes, I WANT to live here
." And that means money
. It means that you might need to whack your expenses down to nothing for a year, or two years, and put away the kind of cash that it takes to buy a "condo on the water" instead of a "hole in the water
." At least, that's what it is going to mean for me. I've budgeted the next 5 years to this endeavor, but I have the luxury of planning ahead (if you can call having teenaged kids
Got a nearly vintage 34' Sloop
? I agree, you can invite potential dates for a few hours sailing. If they're into you, they might even volunteer for a weekend. But a lifetime? It depends on the woman.
I guess you have to ask yourself the question Am I feeling lucky?
Part of this, though, has to do with your age, your tastes in women and lifestyles, and your patience. Very young women may be up for an adventure, but have trouble developing romantic feelings for an older man. A middle aged woman,if she does not already have a family
may be secretly wishing for one. An older woman is - well, an older woman - and more importantly, has a range of older men
with sailboats to consider.
Do you like the glamorous type? The earthy type? Are you hoping to meet a woman with her own financial resources? Whatever it is, you should make a realistic assessment of whether you can provide an appropriate lifestyle for the type of woman you hope to meet, and for the type of lifestyle you hope to share. Don't expect a fashion queen to go gunk holing with you. I don't think there is a YachtNaughty
hiding behind every piling!