I'm new to this forum but not new to the boating
life. I've been on or about the water
since about the age of 10, with several vessels blessing my life over my nearly 50 years. The largest was a 50' Chris Craft Constellation. I started my boating
life on commercial fishing
vessels, and operated a sizeable lobster boat operation starting at age 16. I've only ever owned wooden boats, however that will change soon.
I currently own successful business, which I'll be selling and "giving it all up" so they say. The plan is to invest in a gently used 40-ish foot aft cabin
cruiser and spend my remaining ambulatory days entertaining friends (and making new ones) in the Keys, Bahamas
, and upper Caribbean
. I have not been fortunate enough to have a family
of my own, and with the passing of my parents, there is no point maintaining a big home just to rattle around in by myself.
I can live comfortably off savings, but I plan to continue to work. I'm an avid scuba
diver and scuba
trainer and I may sustain myself as a divemaster or instructor if I find a dive operation with people I like. The important thing is that the work will be FUN.
I don't have a specific timeline, but the idea is to find the right boat and fit up for liveaboard
conditions here where I have tools and equipment
to make retrofits. Then I'll do some local cruising and get it set up before putting everything on the market and heading south. I'll be lurking on here as I shop for vessels and I may have a question or two here and there.