I sit and write this while on my last day of a 4 day mini vacation
in Ocean Shores, WA looking over the Pacific and listening to the sound of waves crashing through my windows. The sea is calling me back after a short 20 years of being away. I have been reading your forum and I am so glad to have found this. It is a priceless resource. I hope to be in my new sailing rig within 2-3 years. As I would call myself a rusty captain
and I am attending the ASA
courses out of Anacortes and taking the 4 day course that takes you to Bareboat
level. I have experience in both sail and power but more so on the power side. I have held my 60 ton master small craft (Canadian Coast Guard) as well as my whitesail CYA level 3. (Also Canadian) Biggest boat sailed was a 32 foot cutter
. Grew up on the great lakes
and spent many a day on the water
on the St Clair River in Ontario
. Was in the sea cadets and later the Navy
Reserves and spent a good amount of time crusing the west coast
(BC) during the summers. Well now I live here (Seattle) and these awesome crusing grounds are at my doorstep and they call me once again. I am searching for something in the 40-45 foot range. I am drawn to a ketch
rig for reasons stated many times in the forum. I am in learning
mode and welcome (and need) all the help I can get. I fully intend on returning to my crusing grounds in Desolation Sound and even further north. As well I have goals of sailing somewhere warm in the winter months. Its going to take a bit of confidence to get me to go to places like Hawaii
. Maybe in 10 years.
Anyways, enough ramble. I am sincerely appreciative of all of you having me on here and I hope to participate in some discussions. When I actually nail a few boats down I am going to need your advice and take you along every step of the way.