Well I finally bought a hole in the water
to sink money
into. As a kid my brothers had electric
toy motorboats. I had a toy sailboat. Always dreamed of owning one.
After many years of substance abuse, I took control of my life and started to improve my lot in life. Started a great job at decent pay too. Vowed to buy my first used boats in 2 years as a birthday present to myself. I met and actually beat my goal by about 2 months.
So now i am the happy owner of an older Coronado 25. Figured first boat I would not go overboard
. Being a little older I will be learning
to do more repairs
and upgrades than if I bought something too new (ok don't all you seasoned sailors fall on the floor laughing at that naive remark).
When I decided to become a sailboat owner (not a sailor yet by any means) I thought some lessons might be handy. So I took the CYA basic cruising course and PCOC. This fall is coastal navigation
and next spring, advanced cruising course.
Anyway, in 3 weeks I have been out once (see Don't rely on Engines). I have been doing minor things that are important. Checking all the lines, replacing where necessary. Checking all the hoses, pumps, electrics, ensuring all the CG equipment
is up to par.
Now its getting close to sail and enjoy.
I live in Maple Ridge, a suburb sorta of Vancouver. I am about 35 miles from Vancouver, 45 from Gibsons, where I am moored. Its a beautiful area whether I take the boat out or not. Inexpensive shorefront property LOL
I work all week doing mental activity, coaching people with multiply barriers in life skills and employment
skills. The weekend is MY time to unwind and maintain sanity.
Long term goal, work my way up to a 30 or 35 foot boat and eventually live aboard. I am setting this as a 5 year goal. I made my 2 year goals so no reason not to make my next goal.
I managed to snag a weeks vacation
time in August, should be perfect for a bit of exploring of Howe Sound, Gulf Island, cross the strait to Vancouver Island. The possibilities are endless.