Originally Posted by Hudson Force
Sam, We "home port" 0n the St. Johns River between Jacksonville and St. Augustine. We're usually only here with family from Thanksgiving through Christmas
, but we've spent all summer here now with some family concerns. We'll likely be off cruising to the islands with the new year and then back to New England
next summer. You're so close! I'd be interested in your search for a boat if that's you current
interest. What are your plans,- living aboard
, daysailing, power boats, sailboats? Keep us posted of your adventures!
That sure is close! It sounds to me like you're around the Shands/Greencove area. My condolences for your family concerns, I hope things only improve for you.
I first got my feet wet at the Camachee Cove Marina. Taking lessons with the local school
on Hunters from their 24' to 36' models. Loved those boats to say the least. I'll soon start bareboating those same boats to get some hours and some experience under my belt. I'm most certainly interested in a purchase
if the right boat/price were to present itself. I'm always keeping an eye out for a deal but at this point in time I need to make sure the family (Wife, one toddler and an infant, along with a 90 lb lab) are seaworthy
so to speak. Once they all seem to be tried and proven, our quest for the right boat will surely ensue. A large part in me joining the forum is to prepare for the day when I'm ready to buy. Hopefully by then I'll have a much better idea of what to look for and what to run from.
I've heard numerous stories, examples and rules of thumb for what the "ideal" length boat is for any particular person. I believe, for what I aim to accomplish, our ideal boat is around the 35-45' range. The way I see it now is we'll start out as a day sailing
family but I wish to have the ability to comfortably stay on the boat for a week or so and considerably longer than that in 18 years or so when the kiddos are dorm dwellers. I've had my eye on a Hunter
36 in the area for a steal of a deal but can't quite pull the trigger just yet.
Luckily time is on my side with this one, so I'm certainly in no hurry to make a purchase
. I will, however, happily keep you posted on my adventures and possible future investments! Perhaps one day we can arrange a meet n' greet, on the water
Thanks for the response!