Hello, another newbie here. I've wanted to cruise
the western river system since I was a kid &, like so many here, allowed other priorities to make it something that I might do someday. Boat money
begat another car or a bigger house & subsequent boat funds were handily converted to music
lessons, camps, braces, etc. Aside from my firm belief that my family
would have benefited from sharing such experiences, Iíll never regret any of the choices that Iíve made.
However, like many of my age, Iím at a point where Iíve been there & done that & now want to do something other than what Iíve done for the last 25 years.
Iíve recently started looking at boats &, of course, reading everything I can find. WoodenBoat has become my very favorite periodical & ohhhh I wish it were a monthly. As I've read I've begun to imagine the possibilities in blue water
cruising & while I still want to explore the river system, my ambitions there were centered on the time restrictions of paid vacations, the schedules of the rest of the family
(Odd, this idea that we guys just don't "get it" ... so many of us are or were with partners that seem to not even want to hear it, much less "get it")
I no longer have that problem, I'm single
again & while there are financial challenges I'm absolutely determined to redefine my life on my own, perhaps even selfish, terms. Now I'm looking hard at living aboard
, beginning to make financial preparations & re-evaluating the type of boat that I should be looking at.
If I'm far luckier than I probably deserve to be I'll find a partner that will love that life as much as I expect to. Two things are a certainty Ö First, whatever boat I end up with will have for her first anchor
lawn mower. Second; There will be room for another in any home I have, be it this house, a boat, whatever Ö but the next woman that wonít so much as consider a valid & meaningful life option will be shown a choice view of my ever expanding & flabbily but rapidly receding stern.