I've lurked occasionally in your community as a guest, but figured it was about time to register and say hello. I have contributed for years on Sailnet as well under the name "Medsailor."
Me? Why thanks for asking! I'm obsessed with boats and began this obsession about 15 years ago by buying
a 31ft custom wooden sloop
to live on. I lived on her for about 6 years in Seattle
and cruised (on an absolute shoestring budget) as far as Desolation sound on a 4.5 month trip. I loved that boat, but now call myself "a recovering wooden boat owner." Never again.
My wife and I bought a Formosa
41 together and lived aboard her for 4 years or so in Seattle
and Anacortes WA. We kept her for a couple more years until 2 years ago when the arrival of kids
, and an improved financial situation, caused us to gaze at boats with more "kid friendly features."
We found the Sparkman and Stephens designed Nauticat 40 to our liking and bought a feature-rich, ketch
rigged specimen from Florida
and shipped her to the west coast
. A long saga ensued which involved shipping
damage, a ruined engine
, over a year in the yard and much work with insurance
We're now, 2 years after buying
the boat, hopefully past that part and are looking forward to plying our local waters. We have a an 18 month old boy and a 3.5 year old boy, and we are finding cruising with kids
this age to be very different than before. Much harder so far, but differently rewarding as well.
In 6 years, we want to take about 5 years off and sail down the west coast
of the USA, down to mexico
for a while, then go circumnavigate Australia
PS My claim to fame is that my Nauticat came built from the factory with a Sauna. Yes, really. I guess in Finland
it's not such a big thing, but here it gives me bragging rights.