I've been lurking for sometime and am finally getting around to registering.
Hi my name is [gwmort] and I want to sail away.
I'm a 37 yr old attorney in Delaware (USA, yes its a state). As a kid I was always interested in the sea. First real book I remember reading was Treasure Island. I tried to get on the water
as much as possible on vacations and things (flipped a sunfish upside down in Disneyworld as a teenager). I went to St. Mary's College of Maryland
and took a basic sailing class and loved it. I enlisted in the Navy
around the time of the first Gulf War, not sailing but I loved crossing the Atlantic a few times, even if I was in the engine
room most of the time.
Life took me away from the water
for a while with finishing college and law school
, starting my family
, etc... Then I bought a 18 ft Hobie beach cat. I loved it ad got out when I could, but found it took to long to take it somewhere and set it up and launch it, then break it down and haul it back, so most of my very limited free time was spent with tasks other than sailing.
Then I went to law school
and the limited free time disappeared. I sold the Hobie knowing I wouldn't be able to buy another boat til I can afford to keep it in the water during the season, not there yet.
I don't have any formal certifications and its been about 18 years since that course in college so I plan on going for some ASA
courses over the next couple seasons so I can then qualify to take the family
on some bareboat
charters without the cost of a captain
My dream is to complete a circumnavigation
on a cruising catamaran
. I will not be able to do that until I retire, the odds of coming back and re-entering the law seem poor to me. So for the next 21 years until I am 59.5 I will be learning
and chartering and mostly dreaming.
But someday I am going to join you who are wandering the sea. I'm going to sell out and ship off. I am taking all practical steps I can to prepare, and my wife is completely sold on the idea. However, my biggest fear is that I'll become one of those people who spend their whole life dreaming but then succumb to the demands of the mundane.
I cried in the Pixar movie
"Up" when the wife died without ever seeing Paradise Falls. That won't be me.