My first post on this site!
So, I've been a landlubber my entire life. I've been bass fishing
john boat on lakes many times. I've been on cruise
liners several times on vacation
. I've been on a bay fishing
trip and a "deep sea" fishing trip off the Gulf coast
. (50-55 miles offshore
in a 32' Fountain) - so not salty by any definition!
I am 10-15 years from retirement
where I am now. I have an opportunity to move to Clear Lake
TX for a job that could be much more lucrative, and retirement
could happen closer to the 6-8 year timeframe, with a much better retirement income
IF this happens, I'm considering perhaps moving into a full-time liveaboard
situation in a Clear Lake
marina. I've been lurking on here for a while and the thought just appeals to me for some reason. My wife is open to the concept
Right now, we live 200 miles inland, and are very close (geographically and emotionally) to her folks, kids
, and grandkids. She is not real interested in setting deep roots in Clear Lake or Houston
for that reason.
So my dreamer's vision is to move onto a liveaboard
. Gotta sleep 6 for a weekend. 4 adults and 2 kids
for sure. 6 adults (3 couples) preferred. That way we could host various permutations of her (and my) family
on occassion. No need for blue water
capability, nothing past the Bahamas
, anyway. We could spend a few years mostly in the slip, but increasingly venturing out into the water
Question 1: What's the best way for an ABSOLUTE NOOB to learn sailing? I would definitely join local clubs, etc. but are there USCG classes
, etc. that I should plan to take over the first couple of years?
My dream would be to work up to an eventual sail of the Great Loop. We could park the boat a few times along the way and we (or she) could fly home to see family
, as needed.
After that, and depending on family situation, satisfaction with the lifestyle, and money
situation, we might (fingers crossed) look into getting a blue water ship for a multi-year cruise
. But that's years down the road. Back to the immediate situation...
Question 2: Considering that this would be our primary residence and mostly in a slip at a marina, what's the best pierside/on-the-hook boat in the ~$200k and below range? Ideally, this boat can do the Great Loop down the road, prior to the upgrade to the blue water boat. (So, mast
height/draft considerations play into this.) From what I've gathered on this forum, a cat has more useable living space for a given length. We'll be downsizing from a large house and yard, so that sounds appealing (less shocking, initially). Of course, it'd require a wider berth at the marina... I think that's probably worth it, but I'm not dead set against a monohull
Question 3: what are the obvious questions I'm not even asking? Again, please be gentle. I know this is a fundamental change, and I've only been considering it for a few weeks (front of mind at least, I think the idea was planted a decade or so ago...)
This seems like a really helpful and welcoming community, and I'm glad to be a part of it. Thanks in advance for any replies.