I'm a 28 year old Software
Architect from Milwaukee. I'm not a sailboat owner, but I'm planning on taking the plunge in about 3 years after I wrap up a few projects around the house I just took ownership
I spent some time sailing when I was younger, but mostly on a Laser on smaller lakes. My buddies and I had a lot of fun turtling the boat and screwing around in the water
In the next few years I will be looking to gain some more serious experience on a cruiser. I'm a pretty analytical guy, so I'll be taking my time with my research
. I'm looking for a boat that can handle Lake Michigan. I don't need it to handle much more than a weekend trip, but with it just being the wife and I we'll need a boat that we can sail solo most of the time but will require two of us when things get hairy. I've been initially looking at a Catalina 30
, but I'm definitely reserving judgement until the two of us have spent some time on a number of boats on day-trips on the Great Lakes
My good friend's dad is a Commodore at a yacht club on the lake and an avid sailor. He and his son race
their boat all season long, and I'm in contact with them to get some real hands-on experience over the next few years. Luckily they're always looking for crew members for their weekly races, and I'm willing to learn.
Anyway, I'll be lurking on these forums
because it will take a while before I have anything of substance to add!