It appears to me that this is the sailing forum I should join, so here I am warts and all. I’m very impressed with the quality of the dialog here, congrats to all involved.
About two years ago I began researching the possibility of getting on the water
in a cruising monohull
. Mostly Internet research
(lurker style) that lead to the decision a Pearson323 would suit me just fine. During this time I would occasionally end up here after a Google
search on some boat or topic that was being discussed. Seemed like good a place, but I wasn’t ready to jump on board yet.
This past June I purchased a 78 Pearson323 #127 named Four Winds (formerly Sophisticated Lady), and yes, I am falling for her. She seems perfect for me so far, and I intend to find the words to express why in the coming days. And also, I have two areas of inquiry that I’m sure the mind trust here will help me with. One, of course, is others' experiences and impressions of sailing a P323. The second is sailing the waters from Key West
(my birthplace) up the west coast
of FL to Mobile, AL and then on into the river system in AL, up the Ten-Tom to the Aliceville area near the Mississippi
line. This area is about 80 miles from my cabin
in the woods in NW AL. Currently I’m commuting between the cabin
and my boat in Gulfport Municipal Marina in Gulfport, FL. If luck persists, I’ll spend the summer at my cabin and the Aliceville area, and winters in the South FL area. Future goals are to sail the Caribbean
and surroundings if I’m blessed to do so. I wonder if I could join the Peace Corp and work on the coast somewhere and use my boat to travel and live there, that could be a dream of mine if my sailing skills develop to meet that challenge.
Feel free to post here about these two inquiries, but I’ll be starting threads with questions that might be more directed than general in nature. I’ve been out on the boat about 10 times now, and did my first offshore
solo a couple of days ago. I’ve been lucky to have the help of a licensed Captain
across the dock
from me. Having sailed Hobies I had a good start, but also some things to unlearn that don’t apply to big boats. It’s been a blast, even if I was a major “two left feet” sailor on a mono at first. ( couldn’t find the trap wires for love or money)
Let’s see, …. Maybe a little more about me? I’m 52 years old, never married (!?!), 6’ 205lb, and gave up on my hair a couple of years ago, and shaved it all off. When I was a young teen I wanted to fly for the Air Force and then retire young and sail around the world. I was the kid that took everything apart, but I usually got it put back together. So I guess I’m a classic American gear head
about cars and motorcycles. I’ve worked professionally on bikes, cars, houses, and airplanes (B-52s and F4 Wild Weasels, in the Electronic Countermeasures area) so I guess it’s high time I added working on boats to the list. I should add I have a degree in Architecture, but please don’t hold that against me. Until 2007 I was in Academia for the preceding 15 years. Eventually, it stressed me out, so I cashed out and totally changed my lifestyle. Unfortunately it took all my resources to eliminate my debt so I’m sure I’m in the running for the Poorest Sailor Award
, I have spent the last of my meager assets on Four Winds and will never regret it.
So here I sit, gently rocking at the dock
, dreaming and grinning about the future. Hey!, I can’t type and sail at the same time after all, I’m going out for a full moon sail later.
Thanks in advance for the warm welcome you folks are known for. And I will NEVER tell what type of anchor
I use! But that’s my only secret.