hi all I am new to this forum but i thought it would be a good idea to ask some more experienced people about my ideas before i get too far into this. I'm 17 and I am trying to eventually live aboard a boat in northern California
. I have loosely put together a plan to get me to my goal.
First off I am just a test away from bareboat certification
. possibly rent a few boats later on to aquire a taste for what I want in a boat.
Second I am trying to join the Coast Guard. I think that I could get better educated about boats and life on the water
depending on the job I can get. Also I think there would be the possibility of earning a captains license
in there. And I would need to save every dime I get paid to afford a boat afterwards.
Third would be coming home (to my parents or a friends house) and getting on my feet economically and picking out a boat. (30-35ft) ( I would love a suggestion) Best case I can get a career on the water
. Worst case no job/ construction work
Fourth would be finding my baby (boat) a home. I realize there is a long waiting list for a lot of places in this area but i was thinking somewhere in San Francisco
(I dont mind a short wait anchored or moored somewhere if I have to wait for any spot) until I can move into my most desired home, Santa Cruz
fifth would be to do maintanance. I hope for mostly cosmetic problems- varnish
, ect but boat does stand for bring out another thousand so I can't complain too much.
then i can finally get situated.
thoughts? is this realistic? am I hoping for too much here?
oh and the first thread I read hear was about security
. Now maybe I'm foolish or crude but I see nothing wrong with a dog, kbar, and a .45.