long time small boat sailor, boatless for 8 years, now getting back into it.
Once long time ago I convinced my wife while living in a log cabin
in North Bend Washington
(hence the name.. bobfNorthBendWashington... it stuck what can i say...
) to sell everything and move aboard a sailboat. After only 3 months of prodding she said YES! So we sold everything, and began the life of... banging our heads against the wall. You see we could afford a 300,000 home, but try to finance a 175,000 liveaboard
sailboat... forget about it. So we settled on a beautiful nor'sea
27, aft cockpit
and drove it from Anacortes Wa, to Bradenton Florida
, where we were sometimes liveaboard
, sometimes not. Both of us are nurses, and can pretty much live and work anywhere, and our company would pay enough to cover a boat loan, slip fees
, and insurance
. So we were in heaven, we thought, ..... except I am 6'1", and we had 2 dogs
at the time and a 6 year old that we home schooled. Wasn't working out much.. shout out to bradenton Marina.. was/is a great place to call home for a while with great liveaboards there.... anyway I digress... So we sold the nor'sea
, by owner.. thought it would take 1 year, but it sold in 6 weeks. Off to find a bigger boat... then we got taken by bad brokers and lost
most of our depost on a FD12. Both selling agent, the sellers and our agent were out to get us, and they got most of our depost, when we tried to renegotiate after the survey
brought up lots of discrepencies.... then a baby came along to compicate matters..
So I figured the dream was dead till retirement
... when ever that would be.
But now, with my youngest son 6 and able to swim reasonably well, and my oldest 12, I feel its time to do what I always wanted to do and get that boat again.
This time my expectations are far different than before. With over 10 years of planning, reading, research
, and with help from people like those on these forums
, and others, we are going to make it work.
I am 50, and plan on retireing in 12 years, when both kids
are out of the house. But in the mean time I need a good sailboat for coastal cruising that has bluewater potential. Over the next few years most of our trips will be local, and to mexico
and over to Florida
. I used to search mostly Florida for boats I liked, then one day decided to look local, and found something I never thought I would go for, but then my needs have changed, my financial commitments, and with the economy going down a bit.....
Anyway I have a contract
out on a Endeavour
is in 2 weeks. I expect it will survey as expected. The boat is reasonably well equipped, but I would change a lot to make it mine, and will expect to spend a long time doing it. I am very good with tools, and what I don't know, can learn.
My wife is a bit reluctant to tackle this right now, but I feel now is the time to do it before my kids
are completely into something else.
The Corpus Christi marina is a good one, and reasonable. And its a short sail to the Gulf. What more could I want ?