here, been lurking and researching for a few weeks now, and thought it was time to introduce myself.
I'm active duty Navy
, currently stationed out in Hawaii
. About a month ago after a rather stressful day for us both, my wife and I were having dinner at a resturant that overlooked the water
. The food
unfortunately was dissapointing, but looking out at the boats I was inspired, the idea striking on a feeling I've had my entire life. The desire to just be able to pull up and get away for a while.
I looked to my wife and mentioned my thought, "How great would it be to be able to be able to hop on one of those boats and just get the heck off this island for the weekend?" She was similarly struck by the idea, and thus tenative plans began.
I'm the researching type, so I've been hunting all over the internet
for knowledge these last few weeks. Our ultimate goal is to be a liveaboard
cruisers, probably more of the coastal cruiser and island hopping with occassional ocean crossing
treks to change our scenery. But that's a long time coming, both financially and when it comes to experience.
Both my wife and I are Midwesterners. I have a little experience island hopping in the Florida Keys
during my late teens, but that's the end of our boating
experience thus far. But that's something we're working on. We are planning on starting off with basic sailing lessons
at the base marina in a month or two, and continuing on that path. Meanwhile, I'm trying to absorb any knowledge I can find via any medium available. Books
, blogs, message boards like this, you name it.
As I mentioned, we're quite a ways from having our own boat and heading out. In the meantime, any advice anyone has is very much welcomed. If anybody happens to be out here in Hawaii
as well and wouldn't mind sharing some of your knowledge face to face, we would be mighty greatful as well.
Thanks in advance,
Eric and Kate