It's time I rekindle my love for sailing and start progressing on a plan to fulfill my dreams of sailboat ownership
. I have always liked the idea of propelling oneself via the wind
, but I am from southwestern Pennsylvania and sailing isn't accessible for the most part here. My first experience in sailing was several years ago. I was in Fort Lauderdale
and wanted to go out on a sailboat for the first time to see how I would like it. I have always been a water
person. Anyway, I saw a little ad in a hotel
lobby regarding going out to sail, so I called. I knew nothing about sailing other than some reading and didn't know if I would like it. I just asked to go out and learn as much as I could. He said, sure and off we went the next day on a 40+ foot Yawl called the "Chesapeake". It was owned by Walter Cronkite at one time and the current captain
was named Ressing. Here is a picture of the yacht. http://www.mountvernonnews.com/local...1/boat.500.jpg
It was quite a long time ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. Anyway, we went out on a 20+ mph wind
day and he said, if you like sailing today, you are going to like sailing. He had me do everything, but steer it in the ICW
. Can't blame him. Anyway, we went out and it was a wild ride in my eyes. We sailed as it was a sloop
, without putting up the rear sail, the mizzen? Feel free to correct me on terminology and any faults you see here. I want to learn correctly. We sailed for hours and he was a great guy. He sure made it out to be something attainable. As we keeled to a point of a bit of discomfort to myself, but obviously no discomfort to him, I asked, "is this okay?" He laughed and said, "You can't flip this boat". Not sure if that is true, but it gave me confidence at the time. We headed back and I asked if I could go out again. He smiled and said, "Sure, how about you be my first mate tomorrow and my fee will be (much less). I am taking out a few people and you can take the helm
for the day". I don't think I could have smiled any wider. That next day, it was also a 20+ mph wind day and we took out a gentleman and a few of his lady friends. We went out and after a while two of the passengers got sick. I felt bad, but had no idea what to do about such a thing. Seems, not much you can do. I was told to "fall off", so I sort of did. We went back in and I was asked to be the first mate the following day and I was thrilled. Winds where calmer and sailing was more mellow. Kind of nice in contrast and that Yawl still was running pretty fast. If I remember it was going over 10 knots, which I think was pretty good, but not sure? The captain
knew I was into all those conditions and said, you should be a sailor. I knew that is what I wanted, but timing back then wasn't good, but it will be soon and it is time to plan. Money
is there and soon, time will be on there as well.
1. I will probably be located around Venice/Sarasota, FL.
2. My goal is to learn as much as I can to be able to sail across the Atlantic at some point and hopefully world cruising on my own sailboat.
3. I am used to doing things alone and hope to have a sailboat set up very well for being singlehanded.
4. I have always gravitated to anything with fine craftsmanship. I was on an older Alden at a sailboat show down in Annapolis
and felt at home. I was told I would also like Hinckley's. Maybe there are others like that, but I am not limited to all that woodwork and am not sure if I want to constantly be working on all that or just sailing?
5. I have restored several homes and flipped them, so am very handy, if that matters.
6. I love cycling and part of me dreams of sailing somewhere and exploring via bicycle. Is it safe to leave a sailboat at a mooring
most places? Is this idea even a good one?
This is my attempt to show a little history
about myself and ultimate goals. My budget
isn't totally determined yet, but would be from $80K-$225K, I suspect. Yes, that is a wide range, but I am not opposed to restoring a worthy vessel. I have been told it is very hard to even have a larger sailboat in Venice/Sarasota Florida
, but I don't know about it much. I have a free place to stay there, so that would make a large difference in price
range/expense of living.
I am not opposed to learning
to sail more on a very small craft and building up to a larger one. Starting out on a big Yawl, might not of been the best, but it sure was great fun and created a dream.