I am about to become 1. Single
again (age 62, not by design and not happy) and 2. Retired, by design.
being due to my wife being terminal, sad story but so it goes.
Retired because since my wife's stroke I have figured tomorrow I could have one and I have to get on with living.
Up till I went in the AF I lived on boats and sailed whatever I could get my hands on. Hobies to cruisers. Although I know navigation
and sailing I have never taken it seriously enough to go to a school
or take a course. Learned it by osmosis
. I can't teach you how to sail but I know enough to get myself in trouble. Some things I do know is how to work glass and electronics
. Worked as an engineer
for Sperry Marine
for a few years, spent a lot of time at sea on oil
tankers. Then went into avionics. So I'll be able to do most of the maintaining work and only the big stuff will be jobbed out. I have a radio
so I can even fix the radar
and radios myself, legally.
I plan on buying
a medium size sloop
(27-35 ft), pay cash, and live aboard. This plan is set to begin in about 6-8 months, taking to sea about April of 2011. 6 Months after that I plan on a trip to the Bahamas
and after about 1 year Europe
does not feel out of reach.
Until I go I am reading everything I can find about sailing, from knots to radio installation
(Boat installations are different from aircraft), to the rules of the road. I have read Slocum (Sailing Alone Around The World - Voyage of the Liberdade) and am working my way through the "Annapolis Seamanship" series. I also found " The Marine
Crewman's Handbook" A military marine seaman's training book, it's full of ways and means to get anything done on a ship. You may not need everything in this book but what it tells you, it tells you right. I figure by the time I start looking for a boat I'll at least look like I know what I'm doing. Heck, I can even make a bosun's chair. I just found a free download of "Ahsley's Book of Knots"