So I've been a CF voyeur for the last three years or so. It's been great to read the feedback/comments and fun to watch the the rants. I didn't join in the past because I didn't have a boat - it would be silly to engage in threads without having walked at least a mile in cruisers' shoes.
After years of doing the boat club thing and time sharing we're nearer to our plan to do extensive cruising next year. Heck, we haven't seen enough responsibility in ourselves to be able to commit to even having pets
. Ironically, we're raising three children
Our plan was to buy a large sailboat in 2015. I just couldn't sit on my hands for a season with no sailing. I've been surfing the boards looking for a boat that could work for us this year. Finally some unexpected money
came in at the same time a guy was unloading his Catalina
27 on Craigslist.
Honestly, the boat is a beater. It's perfect for what we need as our family
comes up to speed on boat systems, the challenges that come with boat ownership
, and getting the feel of what we really want in the long range boat we'll get next year. We're also forcing ourselves to limit the amount of money
we put into it just to learn what trade
offs we need to make. I'm worried about my beer budget
So after years of living vicariously through this forum, we've finally taken the big step of boat ownership
. I already feel like some of the posters; I spent all day today trying to figure out why the wiring
is so messed up on my boat!