The boats are certainly out there... my problem is determining which type to buy. I am discovering that the more I learn, the more I realize there is to learn. I suppose at some point I will just have to jump in.
I am a passionate neophyte with very little 'real time' experience. I have exactly one week on a sailboat... bareboat charter
course out of Ft. Lauderdale. Now I am hooked (pardon the pun).
I realize I should charter
a while and get the feel for many different boats, but the cost to do so doesn't make sense. So I have decided instead to get a 'starter boat', a fixer, and go from there.
I know there must be a lot of ideas out there for starters??? Boats that is.
I plan on doing a lot of coastal cruising in the Gulf of Mexico
, then venture out to the Bahamas
, Virgin Islands
, and Lesser Antilles. After some experience I'd like to make a crossing or two. I was thinking of starting out with a thirty to thirty-six footer... solid hull
, I like the idea of a carbon fiber mast
(but I haven't seen many older boats with them), not big on all the extras except GPS
, large water tanks
, reasonable sail size (single hand), really just a good 'shell' that I can add to and make my own.
I was a charter pilot (Gulfstream Jet) in my past life... On more than one occasion I looked down at the ocean and wished I were slowly sailing, fishing
, reading, laughing, really enjoying the trip, experiencing the elements instead of being isolated from them. I'm more than excited about doing just that!