I'm no "seasoned sailor" by any means of the phrase, but I can handle my own on a good cruise
, single-handed. This with VERY limited experience on deck(I'm an Airborne veteran) but I watch carefully and closely pay attention to every detail. I don't feel like I needed to pay thousands of dollars in lessons before I graduated to the exalted position of "newbie". I'm intelligent enough to learn about weather
, currents, boat design, rigging
, blah. Anyone can, if they value their future in sailing.
So, in my opinion, I feel that one who dives right in with the proper attitude and willingness to approach their new lifestyle with a careful demeanor, research
and asking questions of knowledgable people will probably do just fine, if not "overdo" some things.
I bought my first boat and dove right in, moving her by sail 320mi. in the Atlantic, but I did my homework first, and to tell you the truth, it was a "breeze" (pun intentended). I just ran through my checklist, pushed the butterflies down as far as I could and started life for once.
In conclusion, polaatx, I think you should do your homework, sign a six-month lease somewhere, get your money
up, buy a (small)project that needs little, invest in alternative energy systems(solar, wind
generator) so that you can be autonomous and not have to dock
as much, reduce your baggage to near nothing, repair and outfit your vessel, say your good byes and prepare for a new life.
Check craigslist for boats, I have seen quite alot of great deals on keelboats in the 23-30ft range that would be a good start for you.
Most important, polaatx, do what YOU think is right in your heart, not what some faceless entity online like myself tells you. hehehe... These guys here have AWESOME advice, I suggest you listen well, and never stop asking questions, bro. WELCOME ABOARD!!! And good luck.