Okay, so my life long dream has been to buy a yatch and margarita machine. Well, the first part of that will soon be done. I have the money
to buy the machine, but I'm thinking the power available on a sailboat will not accommodate the margarita machine.
Some of my friends think I'm crazy, but most are supportive. Basically, I have no sailing experience on a real sailboat. I've had a 16' catamaran
for a few years now. I've got a good land life, but there has always been something missing. Sailing is something that is too hard to explain even in a forum where most would understand it. Its just something that I truly love. I've had plenty of travels around the world on planes, but its just not the same as my dream of sailing around the world and seeing more. I took an early retirement
package almost a year ago, but just didn't have the balls to cut my land ties. In the past year, I've looked at all kinds of other ways to spend the rest of my life, but none seemed to be a fit and I've ended up just sitting here pissing away money
. About three weeks ago, I said its time and started really looking for a boat. I foud what I believed to be a great deal on a little bigger boat than I plannned. Its an 87, 35' Hunter
Legend limited edition.
I have tons to learn about the cruising life. I have tons to learn about this sailboat. I have tons of ties to cut me free from land. But basically, in the next 2-4 months, I'll be cutting the land ties while getting plenty of sailing days in. Then its around the gulf coast
and around Florida
on up to New York
. Then back to do my taxes
, too much to leave in other hands this year. After that, I'll be gone forever or until I physically can't do it any more. I'll once again stay close to the coast for a long while, but eventually, I just have to make a big water
crossing. I am sailing alone for the most part. I have plenty of friends that want to join me in different parts
of the world and plenty of friends in all parts
of the world. But I'm basically, on my own.
If you think I'm crazy, I can take it. But I'm hoping to learn a lot from this site. I've been browsing it for a few weeks now pretty regularly. I wanted to wait until I had my haul-out and sail trial before actually signing up. That was done today and it was everything I expected. I just wish I could fast forward the next few months of getting rid of everything and the learning
curve I'll have to go through with this size boat. I can't wait to get going and I mean after taxes
. The trip around the coast is going to be fun, but knowing I have to come back is going to be a downer from day one. I want my freedom, I want to just let the wind
take me where I choose to go with no worries of what month it is.
Sorry for the length. I'm also sorry about all of the questions I'll soon ask. I will say, if I ask, it will be after trying to search for it first and failing to find what I'm looking for. I hope to meet all of the cruisers at various sail-in's around the world. I can't wait to get started with the "grand finale" of my life.