There are a lot of dreamers here looking to retire in the next 2-3 years. My husband and I (63 and 62) will be taking our first week of sailing at water
in St. Thomas next March. Had planned to do it this March but my mom is having surgery so postponing a year. Husband used to scuba
and we both plan on doing that once we are on our boat also.
Have noticed that some recommend starting small and gradually increasing size of boat and then there are others that say it is a waste of money
. Many have purchased their 38-42 ft. boat right off the bat and learned on it. We are looking at the boat just being a way to get there and figure on spending 95% of our time anchored. The older you are, the less time we have to be buying
and selling boats, so we're going to buy our liveaboard
boat when I retire. Not close to any ocean, so can't work our way up, no time for it anyway.
Regarding being physically fit. I joined a cross fit gym (Michiana crossfit) and the difference it has made so far is amazing. Weight coming off, strength increasing and all medical
lab results tremendously better. Cannot recommend crossfit gyms enough. Trainer there all the time and just a happy, wonderful group of people. Aside from the fact that I don't want to be an embarrassing 200 lb. blob out there, I figure I need to be strong enough to lift
if ever need to manually. Having an absolute blast! Still can't do pull ups, but can do real pushups now (not the girly knee ones either).
Just get off your butt and get moving. You will be so much happier doing whatever you want to.
We may have to do things slower as we age, but we don't have to stop till they put us in the box. Go out sliding sideways!
If everybody out there dreaming really does it, the demand for boats will skyrocket in the next few years.