Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 31-10-2013, 20:33   #16
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Charleston South Carolina
Boat: Catalina 27
Posts: 8
We regret most the things we never tried. Go get a boat and be regret free.
__________________

__________________
biohead is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31-10-2013, 21:57   #17
Registered User

Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: San Diego, California
Posts: 96
Re: Major leap of faith... Call me crazy (I don't care!)

I say go for it! Life is short and you certainly do not want any regrets. Sailing, scuba diving and flying are three child hood dreams of mine. I learned to scuba dive a few years ago and have dove the Caribbean and California. This past year I've been finishing up my private pilot license and love flying planes. Next step is get my sea legs. Try it first with a basic course then make the leap.
__________________

__________________
cruisernewbie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2013, 20:19   #18
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 36
I was where you are at in January of this year. I read and researched for two years, everyone I knew thought I was nuts (a few still do). I made the leap, bought a boat, basically taught myself how to sail ( I don't recommend this) and I love my life more now than I ever have. Oh I live on my boat too. I can't wait to go cruising, I have two years left in the military. Go for it, no regrets.
__________________
Cliche is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2013, 21:08   #19
Registered User
 
sabray's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Wash DC
Boat: PETERSON 44
Posts: 3,169
Loons have this call that is familiar and eerie. Desperation is eerie an not unfamiliar . Are you putting out there that you wish to be near water. Or have just realized your age and need a boat?. You have this list of conditions that are irrelevant to boating. Not sure what the issue or question is.
You still wind up with you on a boat. Which is better then you without a boat.. Smile.
__________________
sabray is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2013, 21:17   #20
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Hindu kush,Afghanistan
Boat: Carri craft, 63ft
Posts: 13
Images: 4
Re: Major leap of faith... Call me crazy (I don't care!)

Wow its nice to see im not the only nut.Im 50 and have been land locked all my life. I was adpted in ARK but my birth parents were from east coast FL.I have felt the pull of the water all my life 2 months ago i bought a 63Ft pwr cat to live on and she is being repainted as i type in Tampa.I JAN i will leave Mountains of Afghanistan and go and start MY new life on the water in FL. My sister will not talk to me as i have bought a boat to live on and am leaving AR. I might ad i have no wife, kids or parents so its MY LIFE TO LIVE!!! AND crazy or not, Im going to live it.If i fail il tell the storys. while i sit and tell the storys of my time in Afghan.
__________________
gregjeeps is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2013, 10:28   #21
Registered User
 
Laengr's Avatar

Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 2
I don't think your idea is crazy at all........I have been thinking about this for some time now......reading and trying to understand " what it is really like) and not the fantasy of it

My take is that is just a different way to live not noticeably cheaper and always work to be done but it does offer what some might call almost total freedom....of course with dangers . But I believe you have to ask yourself what if ....if you go to sea, like it and enjoy it then you win...even if you find your demise at sea is it better to have lived less years with adventure and no regret or to live more years with the " what if" .....and the rigid rule of society.

I think some day I may wander to the sea....just can't yet. But I do think preparing, taking lessons, learning hands on as much as one can will improve your odds and your experience .

Good luck and let us land locked Louisiana people know how you come out!!
__________________
Laengr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2013, 11:56   #22
Mooderator
 
capngeo's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Key West & Sarasota
Boat: Cal 28 "Happy Days"
Posts: 4,211
Images: 12
Send a message via Yahoo to capngeo Send a message via Skype™ to capngeo
Re: Major leap of faith... Call me crazy (I don't care!)

I lived aboard (in only 28’) full time for seven years after a divorce… and almost 14 years on and off over my life. I did not regret an instant (well maybe Hurricane Andrew, but I digress)….. Go for it, as it only gets harder as we age! At 54, I would do it again in an instant, but it would have to be a damn-sight larger than 28’! In the mean time, I’m happy in a little 400 sq foot cottage!
__________________
Any fool with a big enough checkbook can BUY a boat; it takes a SPECIAL type of fool to build his own! -Capngeo
capngeo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2013, 12:09   #23
Registered User
 
Stu Jackson's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Cowichan Bay, BC (Maple Bay Marina)
Posts: 6,387
Re: Major leap of faith... Call me crazy (I don't care!)

Sounds like a great plan, AND you CAN do it. Many, many have, of all genders.

Buy "Sailing For Dummies" -- really, it's a great book for starters and experiened skippers alike.

There are TONS of posts on this forum about folks just starting out, most have responses like the ones here.

Make and live YOUR dream.

Fair winds.
__________________
Stu Jackson
Catalina 34 #224 (1986) C34IA Secretary
Cowichan Bay, BC, (Maple Bay Marina) SR/FK, M25, Rocna 10 (22#) (NZ model)
Stu Jackson is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2013, 12:27   #24
Moderator
 
JPA Cate's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: aboard, cruising in Australia
Boat: Sayer 46' Solent rig sloop
Posts: 10,682
Re: Major leap of faith... Call me crazy (I don't care!)

Wandering Loon:

In my experience, no committed land dweller can ever cope with how the pull of the sea affects some of us others. So you'll have to decide to what extent to allow family and friends' inputs to keep you near. It can be a hard one, all important choices have a side of giving up some 'things' important to you.

Of course, it can be done, both as a female singlehander, and as skipper with crew: that's something the future will settle. In the meantime, it's getting to the end of the season where you live. Ask yourself if you're ready to move somewhere the weather is warm and there is still sailing. The answer to that [I used to write stuff like this down in two columns, the positives and the negatives of an answer] will tell you more about yourself, and possibly lead to the next step. Keep your eyes open for mentoring along the way.

In the meantime learn as much as ever you can!

Good luck, and stay centered,

Ann
__________________
Ann, with Jim, aboard US s/v Insatiable II, in Oz, very long term cruisers
JPA Cate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2013, 13:00   #25
Senior Cruiser
 
River Cruiser's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: UMR mm 283 /winter in Kansas
Boat: Bayliner 3870 41' oal.
Posts: 817
Click image for larger version

Name:	image-2165687822.jpg
Views:	160
Size:	312.0 KB
ID:	69735

Reason enough.
__________________
River Cruiser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2013, 13:06   #26
Registered User
 
nimblemotors's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Sacramento, California
Boat: Solar 40ft Cat :)
Posts: 1,557
Re: Major leap of faith... Call me crazy (I don't care!)

If I posted to the forum I was going to sell by 60ft catamaran (everything I own) and join a commune in Arizona with 1 guy and 10 women, what would be their advice? (note I'm a women in this scenerio)
My family and friends tell me I am crazy, do I care what they think?
I asked a forum on underground off-grid living, and some anonymous internet strangers think it is great, I should do what I really want!
__________________
JackB
MiniMPPT Solar Controller
nimblemotors is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2013, 13:34   #27
Registered User
 
MysticKnotworkJ's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Mystic CT
Boat: Gulfstar 37
Posts: 4
Re: Major leap of faith... Call me crazy (I don't care!)

Go for it!!! I having been dreaming about living aboard for about 10 years now, and a few months ago we finally bought our liveaboard sailboat! We have been spending weekends aboard, and hope to be fully living on her by next summer.
__________________
MysticKnotworkJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2013, 14:24   #28
Marine Service Provider
 
boatpoker's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Toronto, Ontario or Bahamas
Boat: Benford 38 Fantail Cruiser
Posts: 2,593
Re: Major leap of faith... Call me crazy (I don't care!)

Hey loonie, you have already waited too long. Do it now.

We did it for almost 20 years and have been forced by circumstance to give it up but, life is on the water, the rest is just waiting.
__________________
That hysterical laughter you hear as you sail a way in your "new" boat ..... is the seller.
boatpoker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2013, 14:29   #29
Marine Service Provider
 
SV THIRD DAY's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: La Paz, Mexico
Boat: 1978 Hudson Force 50 Ketch
Posts: 3,653
Re: Major leap of faith... Call me crazy (I don't care!)

The hardest thing about living aboard and/or going cruising is to stop dreaming and start doing. If a Bozo like me could figure it out...heck...anyone can, with all due respect to fellow Bozos!

Just be prepared for some if not most of your family and friends to think you are crazy, which isn't a problem, because once you make the move, you will look at how they live their lives as CRAZY.
__________________
Rich Boren Goodbye Morro Bay...Hello La Paz, Mexico and the owner of:
Cruise RO Water High Output Water
Technautic CoolBlue Refrigeration
SV THIRD DAY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2013, 20:37   #30
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Charleston South Carolina
Boat: Catalina 27
Posts: 8
Hey there Wandering,
Go go go! The longer you wait the more likely you will talk yourself out of the crazy adventure. Ask: What do you have to lose.....
__________________

__________________
biohead is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
cal

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




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 18:23.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.