I've been looking at this site for a few days so I decided to sign up and introduce myself.
My name is Daniel and I just turned 32 in Aug. I first got interested in sailing when I was in high school
. My dad was military and for a couple of years we lived on Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands
. Quite a few people had their own sail boats out there. Friends of my parents took us out one day and we went up the atoll to another island, they dropped anchor
and we did some swimming and snorkeling. Saw lots of fish
, eels and a huge sting ray. I thought it was fun and peaceful gliding across the water
Now, fast forward...
I'm in the military myself (almost 13yrs) and started to more seriously look at taking up sailing lessons
, getting a boat and going all over the place. During a trip to Afghanistan in 2008, I met a guy who talked about living on a boat while he was in California
. I thought that sounded like a pretty good idea and that's what resparked my interest in sailing. After that deployment, I was looking at taking lessons but instead, the military decided to move me to Germany
and 5 months later I get sent to Afghanistan again. I was just doing my R&R in Houston
and stopped by Kemah
to look around a bit at the Marina and by the boardwalk there watching boats. I even stopped by a boat show
that was in the area too.
So now, I'm looking at taking time off from work when this deployment is over to go back to TX for some lessons and then start looking for a boat. I'm looking at my first one being 30' - 35'. I'm 6'5" so having some interior
space would be helpful. I understand standing room will not be so accomodating but I figure if I'm down below, I'll mostly be sitting or laying down so headroom
doesn't seem to be too much of an issue.
Anyway, I'm going to continue lurking around the forums
what I can along the way.