I've been rude and jumped in with both feet without introducing myself. My name is Greg and I'm living on a 1980 Cooper 416
Pilothouse sailboat. I'm a tyro ... a word I learned reading a book on sailing from the beginning of the last century. I share Honeysuckle with an 18 year old calico cat named Kitty the Pooh. She thinks it's as good a place to sleep as any which, along with keeping warm, is what she cares about. I've fallen in love with Honeysuckle although I just gave myself a good laugh by accidently typing Moneysuckle earlier! I confess I enjoy spending time and money
I came to this state (straight?) of affairs as a result of a lot of influences. I sailed a sunfish as a youngster but was in love with canoes. I even built my own - 20 ft with a 32 in beam. For many years my idea of paradise was fly fishing
from a beautiful canoe. I play music Greg Martin - Home on the Range
as well as doing computer stuff of varying geekiness. My drummer of the previous 4 years lived on a sailboat (Tica) in Mexico
in the winters. The last couple of years I went down and played some gigs and sailed with him and his wife. I fell in love with it. He gave me some books
to read and Joshua Slocum spoke to me like an oracle.
I didn't see myself participating in the corporate world anymore and when I had change in personal situation decided it was time to take the plunge and I bought Honeysuckle and moved on (about a month ago). I think I'll spend the next couple of years in the Pacific NW learning
and enjoying while I remake my affairs and then who knows?
I've been hiring a captain
to teach me to sail, benefiting from the knowledge of my neighbors at the marina and learning
to care for and modify her while adjusting to a new home and lifestyle in a new part of the world. I love it. To make it perfect my son and his partner live a short drive from the marina.
Kitty the Pooh is sleeping but I thnk she loves it too.
Nice to make your aquaintance and a special thanks to the people who make the cruisers forum possible!