It's nice to meet all of you. I'm new (obviously) to writing in this forum, but over the past few years I've been lurking quite a bit. I'm a 29 year old male living on the beautiful island of Maui. I've been here for about 5 years now, and I absolutely love it here. I'm also very new to sailing. Actually, not just new--in fact, I've never sailed before in my life, even though I owned a 22' sailboat for about four months. But that's something I'm planning to change!
A few years back I accidentally bought a 22' sailboat through eBay that was located in King Harbor in Redondo Beach, CA. Nobody had bid on it, it was one of those charity auctions, and it was still at $20. I didn't think there was any kind of chance it would sell for $20, but it did--to me! Having never sailed before in my life, I thought it would be a nice opportunity to live in the LA area while learning
to sail my boat. It was already in a marina, so I just transferred the slip to my name and moved onto my boat. Technically I didn't live on board--there was a policy that you could only spend 14 nights a month on board your boat if you didn't have an 'on-board' slip. So I spent 14 nights a month on my boat, and the rest of the month I'd go van camping--usually at the nearby national parks. It was some of the most fun I've ever had in my life.
Sadly, I never did get to sail it. I tried to find someone who wanted to teach me to sail, but I found out all the rigging
was old and would need to be replaced, and I didn't quite have the money
. So I pretty much just enjoyed living there while I experienced LA, dreaming about taking my boat out.
Luckily, now, I'm in a much better financial situation, and although I know Hawaii
isn't particularly boat friendly, I'm looking forward to getting a boat I can actually use at some point--and preferably have here. But first things first! I'm really looking forward to learning
how to sail, so I plan on taking lessons before I buy anything this time.
I just wanted to introduce myself to all of you and tell you my amusing, brief-ownership boat story. I look forward to getting to know you all better as I begin my journey down the sailing path. I've greatly enjoyed reading all your stories, and hope to contribute my own in the near-ish future. One of the things on my bucket list (of which there are MANY) is to sail around the world. I hope I get to achieve this dream some day!
A hui ho!