My husband and I are relatively new to boating
, or at least the owning part of it. We live near a large recreational lake populated with all types of boats, and after ten years of wishing and thinking (and having babies--that was the biggest reason for my stalling) we finally bought a 24' deck
boat last year, and just passed the 100-hour mark on her engine
So, we're really new.
are all old enough now to enjoy that type of boating
, just taking it out for the day and swimming and tubing and regular day-boater stuff. And, it's relaxing for mom since they can all fetch their own drinks and sandwiches and can swim and stuff.
So now we're looking forward to what to do when the nest empties in ~12 years. When we married, I had a dream retirement
involving living aboard
, and traveling internationally. When I was 22 (now 42), I had some friends who sold off everything and moved aboard a 40' sloop
. I spent a couple of weeks with them cruising around the Bahamas
. Heaven! WANT.
My husband's dream was a little different. He wanted to settle into an RV and travel the states. Not sooo different, except the scenery. However, now that he's got the boating bug and heard about the Great Loop, he wants to live aboard and make that trip. Progress, right? Most people motor
the Loop, though, and the boats you'd purchase
for that trip are a little different from an ideal boat to cross oceans. He likes the space inside cruisers and trawlers--a typical sailboat has much less space (but wow, the cats are looking awful much like a good compromise! I had no idea how big the salon
is inside a 38ft cat! Not a great loop boat, though).
So, any suggestions on how to talk a motorhead into a sailboat?
I would be fine with buying
one boat to cruise
the loop, then selling it and buying
a more seaworthy
vessel. But, we still need to learn to sail, and personally I'd like to have ten years or so of experience before crossing the Atlantic.
I found several small cruiser sailboats (22 footers) available on our lake for dirt cheap
. Boats that need some TLC, but nothing major. I would love to get one for a project to fix up and learn to sail on, here on known waters. He's not so excited about that. He says he wants to travel further than the ICW
and inland rivers, though...should I just focus on costs? How much more money
we can spend on dining out and finer things if we aren't spending so much on diesel
? All the cool places we can go?
Or should I just be happy that he's willing to do a little cruising, and realize he's just not born with massive wanderlust and is to old to breed it into him?
Divorce is not an option, lol.