Hello to the Cruiser Forum. I am an FNG, what otherwise might be known as a "Newbie." FNG may not need translation for some of you, but apply your imagination...
I am new to the forum, but also new to sailing. I have sailed some, but consider myself a landlubber. I recently started taking sailing lessons
out in Marina DelRay, California
, but, as luck would have it, on the evening of the first basic keelboat lesson, I had an accident
on my motorcycle sustaining a fractured left wrist. Surgery followed, and now I am facing Carpal Tunnel surgery this week, so my sailing is suspended for a couple of months or more.
I fully intend to take the full gamut of sailing and navigation
courses before deciding on a boat purchase
, but would welcome advice and counseling.
Here is the background: I am 74 (God, that's old!), but pretty agile for those advanced years. Last year I rode
my R1150GSA from here in Phoenix to Ushuaia, Argentina
and back---27000 miles and 5 months. I am a retired USAF and airline pilot, so sailing principles are not entirely foreign.
I am expecting to regain full strength and agility in my wrist, after which I will take up the courses again, but, I am going to buy a sailboat of some type and size (after completing the sailing courses), and need counseling.
I want something I can learn to single
hand, but that is big enough to stay aboard for extended periods. I probably will opt for something in the San Diego
area, as it is but 6 hours drive. I plan to stay aboard for the hot season in Phoenix---June through October---with short trips back to Phoenix from time to time (yes, by road or airline!).
I eventually want to do coastal cruising, as SoCal sailing is not particularly interesting, they tell me. My Dear Wife is not much of an outdoor lady, and will probably not be aboard for the majority of the time, and will be a limited crew member
I am currently interested in Beneteaus, from 37 to 47 feet, and will likely buy used rather than new, but want a recent boat, as I am not one for doing lots of maintenance
, and plan to have most of it done by experts.
Am I completely crazy, or is this dream attainable at my age? I don't have that many years left, and need to get this show on the road before it is too damned late. I would like to sail the Florida
and Carribean at some point, but that is way way down the road, especially if I start out on the West Coast
I am not completely naive, and realize that things are not usually as they seem, so I have a lot to learn about sail boats and sailing. I remember that the two happiest days in a man's life are the day he buys a boat and the day he sells it...
I welcome any and all comments and advice. I hope this opening gambit has not been boring or otherwise a waste of your time.