I'm not cruising yet, but we now own a boat in the Sunsail Charter
program and plan to take all of our vacation time on our boat!
With the options given, I had to say sailing since I was a kid. I started on small boats in camp and kept getting a little bigger. I then spent a summer working for a boat rental company and dealt with a 27' sailboat as well as numerous motor
boats. friends of ours also had a 30' or so motor
boat that we'd go out on over the summers.
Then more recently (last 7 years or so) my Dad got 2 Wave runners and we'd use them all summer in Cape Cod
bay or Nantucket
Sound. We used them more like boats and traveled all around.
On our honeymoon, my wife and I chartered a 27' motor boat out of St. Thomas (9 1/2 years ago) and went over to St. John. 3 years ago we did the same thing with friends out of St. John and visited the BVI. Seeing all the moorings, Sunsail and other charter
boats it got me thinking - why couldn't we do this? So I did some research
and submitted a resume with Moorings and got approved.
A year later (October 2009) we chartered our first boat with the Moorings - a 47' Catamaran
. With the various experience I had previously, I don't think I ever slept on a boat prior to this! Needless to say, I was hooked and realized this was the life I wanted at some point. I just wish I had know earlier since we would have planned differently
Last year we chartered our 2nd Cat (46') with the Moorings in October. We then bought a used boat
in the Sunsail program and made use of our first weeks of owners time last week on a Sunsail 384 Catamaran. Next trip we hope to use our boat - it was booked already this past trip.
So, we plan to spend the next couple years making use of our owners time and when we run out of time in the charter program, we'll see where we stand. We figure we'd like a few more years before we are ready to sell our house and live aboard.
We can't wait though and it was much easier leaving the BVI's this trip knowing we could go back so soon again