We're new to the forum, but hope it will become a second home for cruising information and friends! A little information about us:
Joe is active-duty career Navy
, currently stationed in Everett, Wa...where we have decided to make our final home when he retires in 2 years. I am a medical
professional and work at a local hospital. We are both originally from the East coast
- Joe from Maine
, and me from Florida
....so we've both been around water
and boats all our lives (apart from his obvious job experience
) We went to a convention in Banff, Canada
3 yrs ago, saw the Rocky Mountains for the first time, and knew we needed to move to the opposite coast!! We're both scuba
divers, and I actually got as far as beginning instructor training before we ended up leaving Florida
in one of our transfers. My undergrad degree is in Marine
Biology....needless to say, the pull of the ocean is strong in both of us and we are finally in a position physically, and financially, to get a boat.
I know there are quite a lot of true "sailors" on this forum, so I hope you all won't be too offended that we are looking at 28-32ish (maybe bigger??) foot cruisers. Having been on many boats over the years, I had quite a list of "must haves" as a woman (ie: a HEAD!), especially up here on the Puget Sound
where I'm sure a lot of our cruising may end up being in some cold, rainy, but beautiful, weather
. Other than that, I am a boating
"noob", so I'm doing what I always do...research, research
....while hoping some opportunities for some actual open water
experience comes along.
At this point, we're scouring yachtworld.com, boattrader.com, etc. and trying to learn what's out there in our price
range. We've figured out that a very comfortable budget
for us will put us in the pre-1995 range, and frankly, I'm fine with that. I think I will enjoy getting a boat that will require at least a little resto and input from us....I want it to feel like "our" boat. We are also into muscle cars....so we're used to pouring money
into toys we love, lol.
We're very lucky because we live directly above (on a bluff) the largest public marina on the West coast
(so they advertise), and have another large drymoorage marina just minutes away. I sit on my front porch and watch the boats come and go, and can't WAIT until I'm on one of them!