Hello! I have been lurking on these forums
for a year or more and decided to introduce myself. I am not currently a cruiser, but it is part of the “life plan” and marital agreement I required of my wife. I am 37 and live in NC with 2 kids
I bought a San Juan
21 last year and have had a great time working and sailing her this past year. She is a 1976 and was foundationally in great shape when I bought her, though I have made several improvements. Last winter I refit
all standing and running rigging
, replaced bulkheads with large aluminum
brackets, drilled and filled all through deck
fittings to avoid any core rot
, completely rebuilt the basic electrical system
and made trailer repair. I keep her on a trailer with the mast
up at a local marina and sail her often. She has never had bottom paint
, which is great. This winter I will repaint her stem to stern, drop and refurbish the keel
on the rudder
, and replace trailer bunks. This will leave me with just the need for sails
the following year and maintenance
from there on.
I grew up in Florida
and learned to sail on a 13’ Capri
. Then I rented/borrowed/begged my way onto boats through college. I served in the island nation of Kiribati in the Peace Corps for two years which introduced me to the cruising life. A handful of cruisers made it to my island of Butaritari, and being the only English
speaker, I got to know these folks pretty well. This solidified my desire to cruise
. I actually had my own local outrigger canoe there and was purportedly the first white guy to have one on that island. I-Kiribati are widely held as the masters of canoe building in the Pacific. I also crewed a passage
from New Bern to St Augustine on a friend of a friend’s 48’ Fountaine Pajot
a few years ago. Nice boat.
So, I will lurk mostly, but pitch
in when I have 2 cents to share. I am largely active on the SJ21 forums
. My plan in brief for cruising is to work till the kids
go to college, then buy the best ready-to-sail boat I can afford, sail the Caribbean
for 6-12 months, repair/refit as desire and need be, then head
out for a couple years with hopes of returning to Kiribati even if they have abandoned the place due to global warming. My SJ 21 is all the boat I intend to own before then, but we plan to get bareboat
certified next year and then start chartering until we make the big purchase
to get experience and know what we like. I see the SJ as a keeper boat that I don’t ever intend to sell as it is inexpensive to maintain and store.
Thanks to all for sharing your experiences and knowledge!
Kuriti (Kiribati for Chris)