Greg here. A long time CF lurker and a pretty pointless poster. I am also a dreamer, or a wannabe as people prefer to call them. I have a goal and a dream and a few options of achieving both.
It all started when I caught the bug just listening to a friend of mine who did a circumnav in a little boat with little experience. I thought "how neat! What a life that would be! See the world and take your home too". The problem was I had zero idea of boats, sailing, anything. "They call them lines?". So I started looking at affordable, bulletproof boats that would be willing to take my missus and I from the Americas to Cairns, Australia
, where the boat would ultimately be sold. I settled on the Westsail 32. Strong, slow, relatively inexpensive, not affected by stores, lots of room to take whatever, and a few berths for the occasional guest.
I informed my mate of this dream and he said he would interested in coming along and would chip in for a bigger boat. Good! I think...
So, the dream has little changed, but become more expensive. We are looking at a 40-45ft Bene or Jeanne (not the best blue water
boat, but if sailed properly will do the job, also resale is pretty good in Australia
, even after GST and import) from the VIs and sail it to Tahiti
where the girls will board and then pure bliss (hopefully) for the 6 months we want to take to get from Tahiti
to Cairns via... well, wherever we want.
This forum has literally taken me from clueless to... less clueless. I have zero experience and I live in the South of Germany
. Which is a bit of a shock for an Aussie, going from the middle of nowhere with a good coast, to the middle of everywhere and no coast (relatively, relax Germans). So I suppose I am looking for anyone who is looking for a crew member
they are willing to teach somewhere around europe
. I can travel and am a quick learner. My Deutsch suffers a lot, but I can order a beer
and a kebab.
I think I'm rambling...
Anyway, the journey starts in 2 years from now, just about. Get out of the Carib before Hurricane
season, and get to FP just as the Cyclone season ends. I think 2 years is more than enough to become competent.... right?
Thanks for reading my nonsensical dribble. Any ideas, suggestions... donations
, etc I am willing to hear and take on board.
And it's good to be aboard. I feel like I know half of you already.